Looking Forward, Thinking Back

Rodin Le PenseurEarlier this month, I had a unexpected falling out with a gal pal that left me very puzzled. “What a great fantasy blog post topic,” I thought. “I’ll use it as a launch when I host the blog hop at the end of this month.” I even went so far as to begin in my mind to write a tongue-in-cheek post (which I may yet do at another time, since the situation was so totally “whack”).

Then, simultaneously,  a national tragedy took place and I attended, back-to-back, two of the most joyous events of my entire life. And I made a decision… I could do better. Being snarky and poking fun could wait.  As the host of The Writers’ Post’s final blog hop for 2012, I was tasked with a unique opportunity — setting the tone for the new year.

With an eye on 2013, I can’t help but reflect on the year that’s winding down and realize how very much I have to be thankful for. I feel the need to pay tribute to everything and everyone that’s shaped me this year. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all started 2013 in a loving, appreciative frame of mind?  That said, for The Writers’ Post Blog Hop #61 I invite you, fellow bloggers, to, whether in rhyme, song, poetry, prose or by some other means, complete this phrase: “I am grateful for….”

Personally, I am grateful for:

  • (My) Husband — First and foremost and above everything else. He is always there for me and and always, always has my back, but he outdid himself this year, making me fall even more  in love with him….

    Gary at anniv. party

    My wonderful hubby!
    Photo by Gabriel Solomon, LifeCapture Images LTD

  • (Fresh) Air — Getting out into it and breathing deep can make such a world of difference.
  • (The) People in my life — Friends, family, colleagues, even strangers. Every interaction has made my life richer and increased my understanding.
  • (The) Parties I’ve attended — They have been breeding grounds for new and/or improved relationships, renewed connections and repeated chances to share love, joy, laughter and good times.
  • (The) Younger generation — I’m so proud of and in love with all my nephews and niece. They are amazing. Being with them after the CT incident reminded me of just how remarkable and loving they are.
  • Naomi, my older sister and only sibling — It hasn’t always  been smooth sailing for us, but she gave new meaning to “Family First” this year and restored my faith and love.
  • Photo by Gabriel Solomon, LifeCapture Images LTD

    Aunt Ellen and Uncle Michael!
    Photo by Gabriel Solomon, LifeCapture Images LTD

    Ellen, both my mother-in-law and my aunt (and Michael, my uncle!)– Their hugs, kind words, enthusiasm for my work and never-ending support got me through/over some very rough patches.

  • Work, both of the volunteer and house varieties — The myriad opportunities I had to exercise my brain and my body resulted in growth and accomplishments I never thought possible. 
  • You — You who read my posts, you who leave comments, you who message me, you who share your lives with me.
  • Everyone and everything — That pretty much speaks for itself, I think. 
  • All the world around me — That, by the grace of God, I get to be a part of and witness to daily and hourly. 
  • Ron (and Marion!), my wonderful parents — They made this amazing, magical, magnificent life of mine possible. There would be no me, without them so, naturally, I had to save the best for last. 😀
Mom and Dad kissing!

Mom and Dad at their 50th anniversary party. Aren’t they cute?
Photo by Gabriel Solomon, LifeCapture Images LTD

I hope you’ll share your gratitude list on the hop! Happy New Year!

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11 Comments

  1. Great post Daphne!! It is a good thing to put down what we are thankful for!!

    Thanks again for hosting the weekly blog hop!! Cheers, Jenn

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  2. Yes, a great post, and this is the time of year to be grateful for the little things. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I’m glad you have a lot to be thankful for. Have a great New Year!

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  4. What a great way to end the year…your topic is truly inspiring and I love what you wrote. Thanks for being such a great friend! Love you bunches…Happy New Year!

    Susan
    Today’s Working Woman
    todaysworkingwoman25.blogspot.com

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  5. Great post and topic. Wish you a happy 2013.

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  6. Very inventive and nicely done! Thank you for sharing and allowing us a peek inside.

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  7. Enjoyable post! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Your post is great. I also had a nasty blog to write. Basically I had my rose tinted glasses knocked out of me for the last quarter of this year when I was stranded in the cold autumn in london with no place to stay and no friend or family would reply my call say less take me in, at least I got friendly smiles from londoners on the street but my so called friends and family? tut tut tut too long a story.. But this post has brightened up my day

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  9. Great list, Daphne! It’s always good to count one’s blessings from time to time.

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  10. What a delightful post and so cleverly done too, Daphne. Happy New Year to you and yours! ♥

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  11. What’s not to love here, you clever girl!

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