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End of the day, end of the year…

December 31, 2011

Describe the last year in one word.  I was sitting with a friend at breakfast this morning, the last day of 2011.  “Life,” I quipped.  She continued, reading the fairly lengthy list of responses.  They ranged all along the continuum from awful to fabulous.  When she finished, I thought, “This year described in a single word?”  “Yes, life.” Life lived in a year.  Filled with good and bad, difficult and pleasant, achievement and defeat, and on and on.  How do we resolve the extremes of our lives?  How do we stay engaged in life beyond the moments of satisfaction?  To be fully present in the unbearable moments that may last past the moment, for days, months, maybe even a year. During the past year I have watched people filled with joy and swallowed up in grief, sometimes the same person, sometimes the same moment.  One of those friends wrote about the death of her 95 year old grandad.  She added this quote to her note.

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.–Kahil Gibran

My hope for the coming year?  That you will find comfort in your moments of weeping by remembering your delight.  That you can find in the pain of separation, the assurance that you knew and were known.

May your new year be spoken in a single word, life.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 3:57 am

    Ah lovely and so true – life.

    • January 1, 2012 7:44 am

      Thank you. I was concerned it might sound a trite to those who are in their own moment of pain that seems never-ending. But that small word contains the whole of us, and if we are to find balance it seems important to find the value, and even the beauty in the dark moments as well as the bright. Thanks again for reading and commenting. It has been great to discover the rich tapestry of thinkers and “life livers” in the blogging community.


  2. January 1, 2012 4:07 am

    Dear Paulann,

    It is with great pleasure that I nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Your blog has been inspirational to me as I wander this path.

    Please see my blog for guidelines on how to accept the nomination.

    Happy New Year and thank you for writing with Heart,

    XXX Jen

    • January 1, 2012 7:54 am

      Thank you, Jen! I feel so blessed to have discovered the rich world of blogging. It is exciting to know how many thinking, writing, caring, passionate, and authentic people there are out there. Thank you for gifting us with your writing that is raw earth and heaven, often in the same sentence!

      I will gladly accept your Versatile Blogger nomination, and past it on to other members of the blogosphere.

      Happy New Year! Keep sharing your voice with us in 2012.


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