New Years Eve on the West Coast! Tonight – like last year and years before – I honored my commitment to help provide a safe place for those seeking a clean and sober environs. We had a small gathering but it was not made any less cheerful for being an intimate crowd. A counter served up a bounty of holiday fare – fruit, and party mix, and fresh pizza, and hot coffee; candles flickered companionably in a darkened room. I got home at 11:30 and now – well – we’re moments until the New Year.
I’ve seen a lot of people online complaining about how horrid 2014 was – and “good riddance!” I think it is hard for many of us to be satisfied. We try to live in the past, or the future. Being in the moment and accepting what it brings can be difficult.
For me, 2014 happened fast! I guess according to some standards, it was a “bad” year. I had my first year without any living grandparents, I lost three beloved friends to death, an ex-beau committed suicide, I was ill several times with kidney problems, and I received a pre-cancerous report on a biopsy.
That said, it was a wonderful year and there were many blessings. My pain over family hardships loosened, and lessened. I stayed sober – and deepened my Buddhist and yoga practices.
Most importantly: I was able to walk this earth and breathe; which means I was able to learn and grow. And for this, I am very grateful.
Wishing you a wonderful New Year… may you learn to love yourself dearly and completely.
This last day of 2014 I was up for the sunrise – and got to see the last sunset alongside a dear friend, and with my children: