“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce
I sit here overwhelmed with the feeling of joy and happiness that this first day of the New Year has brought me.
I rang in the New Year with a group of friends that I am blessed and privileged to have come to know in the past few years. We have shared a stage together, and now, we share our homes and our lives. Our children have become friends, which warms my heart to no end. In fact, after ringing in the New Year, we brought a group of them home with us for a sleepover. As I type this, four teenagers are playing outside in the vast backyard of our new home (after promptly informing me, mind you, that my breakfast was awesome because they had to eat ‘healthy stuff’ at their homes. Heh. Oops.) I finally live in a community where I actually know people well enough for our kids to have sleepovers together. This may not sound like that big of a deal, but to a roaming nomad Army brat such as myself, finding a place that feels like ‘home’ is no small feat. I have found it.
I also woke up to this email this morning:
My heart is full as I realize that something I wrote touched a heart in Saudia Arabia. Saudia Arabia! This world just isn’t as small as we think it is, is it? Months ago, I sat with a cat curled on my lap and the man I love made a comment about it. And now, because I took the time to turn that into written word, it has touched a heart across the world.
Really. That’s all I know to say about that. Just…wow.
Tomorrow, I will head in to a wonderful good-paying job that I worked hard to work my way up to. I will then leave work, and I will come home to a man who loves me with all of his heart, and I’ll know that just by looking at his adorable little dimpled face and seeing that smile that lights it up when I get home. I’ll also know it by watching him chop wood to bring in to build a fire in our wood stove. I’ll know it by watching him tinker with my car to make sure everything is in working condition. I’ll know it each time he picks up a guitar and asks me to sing with him, and making me feel like I’m good enough to do it. I’ll know it by accepting the glass of wine he hands me after a long, stressful day, or by sitting down to the wonderful meal that he has cooked for me. I’ll know it by feeling his hand reach out across the table and slip into mine and squeeze it before we begin to eat. I’ll know it by the kiss he plants on my forehead before we slip off to sleep in our big, warm bed. I’ll know it because…well. I’ll just know it. Because I pay attention. Because I look for it. Because I believe it.
I am a blessed, happy, healthy woman. And I intend to spend 2014 continuing to see and appreciate those blessings that surround me, and will try my best to not take a single moment of this precious life for granted.
Won’t you join me?
Happy New Year, my friends.
“Write on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson