Today, I went outside to take down my Christmas decorations
and something had changed.
The sky was bright and nature was beautiful, as always,
but something was different, more uplifting.
It was the presence of new possibilities.
I get this feeling in the morning. It doesn't come on days I have to go to work.
Rather, on days like Saturday, when I can choose from a myriad of possibilities.
A surge of excitement comes with the consideration of options:
visit a new place, start a new painting or read a book,
walk the dogs in the woods, try a new recipe
. . . whatever my heart desires.
It is an exhilarating feeling of freedom and choice and expectation of better things
it is hope.
It was a familiar morning feeling, but this morning, it was multiplied exponentially
because this morning isn't just a new day, it is a
new month, new year, new decade.
full of possibilities
full of hope
Perhaps it's because we are still in the midst of a recession that has given us our share of struggle, that I am glad to see this decade end. After sharing some of my negative memories: Brittany's near fatal accident, the attack on the Twin Towers, financial loss and unemployment, personal health issues, etc., Chrissy quickly reminded me of the good things this decade brought me.
This decade brought many precious blessings that far outweigh any of the negative: Brittany's full recovery, 3 children married in the Temple, 3 grandchildren and a 4th on the way. Dream trips to the Dominican Republic and cruises to Canada and Mexico. We are all active in the Church, blessed with health and love for each other.
I truly look forward to the wonderful things this new decade will bring.
“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope . . . . 2 Nephi 31:18-20