As we approach yet another new year, I am motivated to look forward to the challenges that I might face. I can't say that this year has been without challenges, but I know at the end of it, I have come out a better and stronger woman than before.
It was at the very beginning that I found out that I was going to be a grandmother. It was a bit of a shock, but I must admit that when Jayden was born and I got to be there with his mother and see him come into the world, it was one of the most amazing things ever to happen to me.
In February, I had a lump removed from my chest that turned out to be just a fatty tumor (no cancer) and while it is slowly but surely growing back, I know that things are going to be just fine.
In April, I lost my last expendable organ when I went into the hospital once again and had to have an appendectomy.
I have had a few issues with my car, such as, putting all new tires on it, buying a new battery, hitting a deer and having to get it repaired. The Buick is slightly the worse for wear looks wise, but still running strong.
I traveled back to Colorado in May for graduation and found out just how badly I am missed. That was a boost to the old ego. Getting to see my friends again was even better.
Of course, June brought the birth of Jayden and it certainly was an event. He is almost seven-months old now and doing wonderfully. I couldn't ask for more. Since then, I have taken care of my work at the Daily Freeman-Journal, I have taken care of my congregations, and I am finally taking care of me.
This next year will be full of adventures both climactic and mundane. The key, I believe is to find the joy in every day and every new thing that you encounter.
I know people who will say that they hope that the next year is better than the last. I don't think that any year is better or worse than the last or the next. I do feel that each year, each day is exactly what we make of it. We have a choice each morning that we wake up to either dread or look forward to the day ahead of us.
One quote that I would like people to think about every day is one from Henry Ford. Henry Ford was a very motivated man and while he had his faults, he also had the gumption to face each day with the attitude that he was going to accomplish something great. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
Think about these words as you make your decisions and plans for the day. It's all in the attitude.