Dancing outside my comfort zone

As I reflect upon accomplishments, challenges, triumphs, successes and even the failures which, ultimately were for the best,  I am especially grateful for those few people who touched my lives and reminded me how blessed I am to have found joy and happiness rather than misery.  As I watch certain people do everything in their power to share the unhappiness they live, (because, of course, as children we were all taught that sharing is a good thing!) I truly appreciate the fact that what I have to share is joy.  I have learned that when things seem the darkest, it is so that I will be able to clearly see the light of possibility that is coming my way.

2011 has given me many reminders that it’s important to keep trying even when things just don’t seem to work out because each failed attempt to resolve something makes you really think about how many other ways the task can be accomplished!

I have certainly done my share of rubbing people wrong this year, but in many cases, they were people who just couldn’t or wouldn’t be rubbed right.  I appreciate the lessons I’ve learned and know that it isn’t my job to make everyone happy.  It is my job to follow my path, stand up to my responsibilities and be a joyful person.

I have set myself some challenges going forward.  Some will be easily accomplished, but some will require a lot of patience with myself.  I have vowed to be kinder to others and to try not to make judgements as to whether or not they are deserving.  This will certainly give me pause at times, but I feel that in the end, it will make me a better person.

Another task I’ve set myself is to give more of my time to friends, both new and old.  The people who have come in (or back in) to my life this year are simply amazing and giving them my time will really be more of a gift to myself.  I look forward with great joy to basking in their warmth in the coming year.

Although work on my book came to a standstill when I began facing challenges with the remodel, I will put every effort into picking the task back up and seeing it to completion.  Doing so is extremely important, not only to my personal growth, but to move me forward on this wonderful, crazy, joyful path I’ve been following for the last few years. 

I will also be seeking ways to expand upon my Spiritual growth.  Although I have continued with the almost daily meditations, I find a void when I think about Community.  I’ve explored several possibilities, but have yet to find what is right for me, but the search continues and the experiences acquired during this search have all been positive and have contributed to my growth.

And whatever else happens, I’ve decided that, like 2011, 2012 will be an amazing year for me!

Love and light!

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