Today is the first day of 2015. New Year’s Day tends to be a day of reflection as we review the joys and ordeals of the previous year. And what a complex and complicated year it was. First to the joys:
On one hand, I’m filled with gratitude and delight over…
-The impending birth of my granddaughter-to-be, Maya Rose, to my precious David and Katie.
-My daughter Tracy created her Wripen business and works full time as a writer, away from the soul wrenching life of an inner city high school teacher.
-The sale of our home of 32 years and moving to what seems a world away to a fun, urban area where we can walk and bike to restaurants, grocery stores, and other retail businesses.
-For a full year of unmitigated joy with Austin, our first grandchild.
-For health and surgeries which contribute to a better quality of life at age 61.
-For so much love in my life..my kind and romantic husband, children, and many treasured friendships.
Ok so enough with the schlocky stuff, now to the sucky stuff…
-Our impromptu and impulsive decision to list our house brought its share of heartache as one potential buyer after another rejected the crimson red kitchen with its seven color mosaic back-splash, and the fact we “only” had two bathrooms.
-The dryer fire prompting a late night phone call from my neighbor informing me firefighters were in the process of breaking down my front door as we vacationed in Chicago.
-The Noah’s Arc-like flood that engulfed my husband and our newly leased car for two hours last summer. The car was subsequently totaled, as was my husband’s psyche. The ensuing weeks of drowning nightmares plaguing his sleep.
– The financial hit on our bank accounts from homeowner’s, car, and medical insurance deductibles resulting from the above cited calamities.
So yes, every year plays host to sweet and sour moments. As a former Humanities major, I know life is comprised of a series of dualities- light and dark, fire and water, male and female. But I prefer to think of these Yin and Yang moments as complimentary, rather than opposite forces, thus creating a whole. Everything has yin and yang aspects. For instance shadow cannot exist without light.
So while the shadows of 2014 seemed a little dark at times, the light moments were positively luminescent.