Overcoming obstacles with Optimism

It feels good to have my computer up and running again.  I was taking a short break the past few weeks and will be gone again for just a little while.  This short break is allotting time to celebrate our family’s vacation of no school and no work.  This time away has led to extra time of extra baking and lots of playing.

We sang, as our family tradition continues, “Happy Birthday” to baby Jesus before opening our gifts Sunday.  Last week, we sang this song to my oldest as she celebrated her eleventh birthday.  On Christmas, I looked around our tree and was filled with gratitude for the gifts we had received.  It was more than just the monetary value of gifts wrapped with pretty paper and lots of tape.  The value of love uncontained by closing tape was what truly warmed my heart.  I am lucky to realize how rich I really am in so many ways.

Christmas Eve was celebrated with dear friends.  Christmas day brought a chance for us to Skype with my family far away.  All week we have had a table overflowing with baked goods consisting of sugar cookies made from a recipe passed through generations, scotcheroos, peppermint bark covering pretzels and so much more.  We had our family all together.  Most importantly, we had laughter…. lots and lots of happy smiles and laughter.  The old Irish blessing came to my mind:

“In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.”

                Yesterday was a day of exploring a new museum and watching wonder fill the eyes of all of those in my family.  This weekend we will greet a new year.  We will say goodbye to the old, and recall memories of the highs and lows the past twelve months have offered.  I know how truly lucky I am.  I have had my share of trials, yet within the trials I have had triumphs.  I am excited to welcome in 2012.  I know there will be challenges.  I accept this.  Maybe I even welcome it.  I know that when I am challenged, it is then I fully comprehend the strength I contain within myself.  Tonight I will be having a kid-friendly party with friends I am fortunate enough to have discovered through our military journey.  Rest assured, next week I will be back ready to continue telling my journey of prosopagnosia and epilepsy.  My journey of discovery and optimism.  Until then, I will leave you with a New Year’s wish from American author William Arthur Ward:

“Another fresh new year is here . . .

Another year to live!

To banish worry, doubt, and fear,

To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me

To live each day with zest . . .

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity

Once more to right some wrongs,

To pray for peace, to plant a tree,

And sing more joyful songs!”


Comments on: "New Year’s Greeting" (4)

  1. “In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.”

    I never heard that Irish blessing before, Tara. It’s wonderful, and exactly right. A wish for 2012, I think!

  2. Tara,
    Reflecting on where we’ve been and where we would like to go is a very old tradition. The name of the first month of the year is January. It is named for Janua, the two-headed Roman God that was always looking forward and backward at the same time. The name Janua is also the Latin word for gate or door, which is bidriectional. You can come in or go out.
    Too many times in modern society, I believe we attempt these reflections in the company of only our selves. We don’t include God or our families. You have been a model to all of us on how to include God and our families in our lives.
    Too many times we also concentrate either on looking forward or looking back. For many looking back is so painful that they have no desire to look forward. You have taught us much about accepting who we are and moving on from there. You have also taught us that accepting who we are is not necessary throwing in the towel and giving into our problems or deficiencies, although it is always about learning to live with and above them.
    With warmest regards and best wishes for a Happy New Year for you and your family,
    By Baylis

  3. Happy New Year Tara. I look forward to reading your inspiration in 2012.

  4. Wishing you and your family the best in 2012! Cheers!

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