“Excuse Me… Did You Pack Everything That’s In Your Baggage Yourself?”

Have you ever not known where to begin? Been at a loss for words? Well, that is truly where I am. When I think of how to begin to express just what is sitting on my heart, in my soul, I admit to being overwhelmed. But, I am committed to sharing with you, so here goes… let’s address this.

As this year is quickly packing its shit (not in the “shit” kinda way; but just in the “packing its shit” kinda way), I realize that many cannot wait to see the backside of it. So many are done with this here year – and, there is good reason. The losses – personal and iconic, the struggles, the still head-scratching fiasco of an election and the subsequent rush to get the next four years quickly over with feeling, the anticipation of having three hundred and sixty-five new days to make plans and resolutions, break them, excuse ourselves, make new ones, polish up some oldies, fall in love, renew some love, trade in some love, new jobs, exciting careers, moving, staying… yes, a lot can happen in 2017.

But before you rush into there, I caution you to take just a few last-minute minutes with this year. You see, for as tough, disappointing or painful as it might have been, unless we scrutinize it for our foot/fingerprint, culpability or lesson, 2017 could quite possibly look like the fraternal twin of 2016. Take a minute. Appreciate the blessings of this year and learn from the lessons.

I thoroughly enjoyed 2016. It wasn’t all good. At times it certainly wasn’t pretty. But I damned sure was here for all of it! Every day my God got me up, dusted me off and set me loose on this unsuspecting world. He sat back, watched and allowed me to do my thing; only stepping in when absolutely necessary. He observed as I made plans, signed off on the ones He blessed, changed my course for the others. My decisions revealed friends and enemies alike. My choices soothed old hurts and unrolled the foundations for a beautiful future.

But…

2017 is going to be the start of a period that will test most of us – our patience, strength, resilience, wisdom and courage. But, we have it in us. You have it in you. Promise. As we go through what may be the day-to-day annoyances of our political idiotsyncrasies, let us vow to not lose sight of the forest because there are some ugly trees in the way! We got this!

My God… I wish you all a spectacular year ahead. I am over-full with emotions right now! Promise me something… Promise me you will never lose your excitement for life. Your wonder at even the littlest things. That you wake every day not only grateful, but greatful! That you remind yourselves every day to make great dreams! Great plans! Have great desires! Great expectations! Do great things!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, to you all! Thank you for continuing on this journey. Wow, I am in tears… be well.

Love.

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