Challenges at the End of 2014


Here it is, the longest night of the year…

…the winter solstice.

I am sitting here in a Home Depot parking lot, so that I have a signal strong enough signal to be able to drop a note here on my blog.

My computer is in the shop, perhaps with a bad hard drive. I hope to know more tomorrow. And I do not get consistent or strong cell coverage from my home. So, I ask for your kindness as I attempt to write this from my (now) antiquated Samsung Galaxy 2.

This holiday season presents its own unique challenges this year:

Several months ago, my daughter’s marital situation changed. This has presented its own problems and heartaches, as well as some light at the end of that tunnel and hope for the future. Yet, it also comes with  great heart breaks, for all concerned. One can only hope that, as time continues on, some will come to see that there is more than one story/multiple ways to view a situation and that healing will begin to take place.

It is also a reminder (life’s lesson) for me, as well, that no matter how “bad” something may be/feel while going through a particularly tough time, it offers a chance to grow, and become stronger and wiser.  These are the times which show us exactly what we (and others) are “made of.”

We must always remember to mind our own reactions, no matter what life or people may throw our way. We may be scared, angry, hurt, or any other host of emotions, but how we behave throughout, will be the (long-term) evidence of who we are and what is important in life.

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.  ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Another upcoming challenge, as we come to the end of this year, is that my daughter’s father/my friend is facing heart surgery early in the new year. It seems to be one of the “mother of all surgeries” with a valve replacement due to a birth defect that was newly discovered, and a major repair/replacement of a substantial section of the aorta, as he has an aneurysm as a result.  It is frightening, but staying positive through the waiting period before surgery is performed is crucial.

As far as my health, life is a good thing. I saw my specialist in September this year, and the tumors were stable and there was no evidence of new tumors at that appointment. When it comes to Carcinoid Cancer/Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs), it does not get much better than that.  (If we could find a cure, it would be best for everyone!) I wake up every morning, & I say, “Thank you for another day of life.”

It is always my desire to do something each day that brings joy to somebody else. If nothing else, then I have made a difference and made someone smile. Doing so makes me happy.

My biggest challenge is that I am unable to scroll down on this phone, so I’m going to have this bit of random text at the end that I cannot change until I get to a computer where I can do so. if that is the worst of my worries in 2014, then life is very good!

To everyone, have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or any other holidays that you celebrate. and may you have a joyous new year as we turn our way into 2015!

Love, joy, and peace to you and your loved ones!

(Random text removed)

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10 thoughts on “Challenges at the End of 2014

  1. I hope that is the worst thing that happens to any of your family in 2015! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you! (I’m posting from the pathetic Gate City computer and probably won’t get back online until 2015…)

  2. May all health issues be resolved with grace and ease and may healing be speedy. May love and joy be in your heart in spite of the difficulties. Wishing you good health and peace. Namaste’

    1. Nadine…I am so grateful to have had the chance to meet you in 2014. You are such a blessing. Thank you. Here is to much love and special joys for you and yours in 2015!

  3. Val Mills

    Great to catch up with you here. I like your attitude about at least bringing a smile to another person’s face each day, that is a noble goal in life. Sending you positive thoughts from down under.

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