I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions but I do look at a new year as a time for reflection. 2015 was an interesting year on many fronts. Not necessarily good interesting, but then again, maybe good isn’t the word I’m looking for.

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There were many new things that I experienced. Whether they were good or bad,  I know not, but I have a certain perspective and gratitude as I look back and reflect.

I met Debbie Macomber and had lunch with her. When I think about that event my mind sort of goes tilt. Me? How did that happen to me? It was truly one of life’s most memorable moments.

I met an editor. We talked about my idea for a book. She liked it! Together we set a goal for 20,000 words for this book, but as I reflect on the last few months of this year, I see during this time of reflection the book taking a different direction. I will be able to use a lot of the 16,000 words I have already written, which is a good thing, but the book will now take a different direction, which is another good thing.

I lost my dear friend Jan to cancer. I wrote about when she told me she was preparing to leave. I miss her everyday and visit her grave site occasionally. The memories come flooding back without warning as I go along my way, driving pass the places we shared dinner, laughs and time to “catch up”. I think of our last conversation often. I know she is in a better place, and more importantly without pain. Jan was in a lot of pain the last 8 years. I’m happy for her now that the pain is gone, I truly am, but what I wouldn’t give…

I met a woman named Mary. The circumstances of that meeting are still vivid in my mind. I am ever sorting through the events that led up to that inevitable time of our meeting. It was a meeting ordained by God, of that I am certain. Some may think I place too much importance on this woman named Mary. That’s really not the case. I know it’s not her, but the words she shared, and the timing of it all. It just makes sense in a hindsight sort of way.

I wouldn’t have asked for a lot of events and situations that I encountered in 2015. I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy, however, I see the value in it all.

I will pause for reflection long after the last note of Auld Lang Syne has resounded on the year 2015. I will remember the lessons taught.

Hopefully I learned them well so I can carry them with me as I continue my reflection and my journey.


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