In Anna Maxted's novel, Behaving Like Adults, the main character, Holly, loses her faith in her ability to trust people when she dates a rather difficult man. After she comes through it, she says, "I don't think suffering teaches you anything that you couldn't have learned in a pleasant, civilized alternative way. But my reactions to the whole experience and afterward have taught me a lot about me, some of which can be improved upon. I hope to be happier as a result of the knowledge."
Life. Ups and downs and ins and outs. Insides. Outsides. Upsides. Downsides. And each side filled with the opportunity to learn more about myself -- or not.
As John Lennon wrote, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."
I had a lot of plans this year. Some I have fulfilled on. Some I haven't. I've had a lot of things happen this year -- and most of them were awesome. Good. Bad. or Indifferent, however, none of them were the universe teaching me a lesson (the Universe doesn't care. Caring and taking care is up to me). Whatever the experience, however the event unfolded, each was an opportunity for me to learn more about me. It isn't the situation that makes the difference in my life, it's how I respond to it, what I do, and how it affects me.
As New Year's eve draws close, I reflect upon the past year and see a year filled with love, happiness, joy and laughter. I see a life filled with vibrancy and richness, a tapestry of rainbow colour woven together with the love of family and friends.
I pray for you a Blessed Christmas.