In my favorite poem by Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay, he reminds us that like the seasons of nature, life is one season melting into another, and quickly fading away. This is my attempt to document each season in my life and my family.

Goodbye, 2011!

Filed under: Holidays,Me — Rachel at 4:49 pm on Saturday, December 31, 2011

I am always looking forward to the beginning of a new year. Who doesn’t like a fresh start? I know I do. Sometimes, I really need it, too.

This year, I NEED a fresh start in a bad way. 2011 sucked hard! There were good parts, as always, but, man, were the hard parts hard. I have no desire to revisit any of them for this blog post, either. I’m content to leave them in the past.

I went back and read my first post of 2011, and I wrote,

” I hope this year brings you joy, and that God gives you exactly what you need. In the words of Henry the Penguin… “No more. No less.”

I guess, painful though it may have been, God probably gave me what I needed.

I read Chris’ blog post today, and he wrote:

“2011 started rough, got a little better, and then went downhill fast. I have never had my faith challenged like I did this year. Thankfully, God brought me through it. Things aren’t where I want them to be, but they are getting better. Hopefully, this time next year, I will be saying goodbye to the best year of my life.

Thinking back about who I am now, I can honestly say I am a better person. I am not what I used to think I wanted to be. I am thankful for that. Five years ago, I would never have thought I would become who I am now. But, I truly believe, I am better.”

I have to say, the last bit he wrote about not being who he used to think he wanted to be, but being thankful for that…that’s true for me, too. I am nothing like who I thought I should or would be, but I can honestly say, even with all my faults and failures and sin and mess-ups, I still like who I am now better than that idea of who I thought I would be. I hope that I will improve, but I feel like I’m headed in the right direction. Whether anyone else agrees or not.

So, upward and onward! Out of this pit of 2011, and on to new places.

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