With a Thankful Heart, I Say Farewell

12.31.2011

Dear 2011,

I just want to take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you for the lessons I learned and made it through and for the 365 days I had to enjoy with our family and friends.

You're ending just as fast as you began, but that's okay because I am ready for 2012 and what it has to offer. But more than that, I'm ready embrace, hold on and fight for what lies before me in the coming months of a fresh new year.

Too often the resolutions, the new and the now, overshadow the effort that each of those things require. Too often we allow the "thought" of something give us a false sense of "doing". So for 2012, I'm not making a resolution.

I'm making a decision.

A decision to give more than just my bare minimum. A decision to live each day in such a way that when I look back on it, I feel nothing but pride and happiness because of it. There have been more times than I care to admit in writing (and possibly even to myself) that I have stood still, sat back and waited for my life to happen and dreams to come true.

In 2012, I am making a decision to stand up and put forth the effort that life requires. I am making the decision to hug the day that I'm living and not just look forward to what the next has to offer.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard 
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
Philippians 4:7

In 2012 I will make the decision to live out this verse. To allow God to be God in my life and to realize that His plan will always surpass mine. I want to have the peace that can only come from Him. The peace that makes the others stop and think "there is something different about her".

I hope that I am prepared for all that 2012 has to offer. I hope that any moments of indecisiveness are short lived and resolved fast.

So it is here that I bid you adieu, 2011. I am thankful for you and have enjoyed you immensely. I will look back fondly on the past 12 months, but I'm ready to turn and face the new beginning that is 2012.

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2 i love your comments!:

short stack said...

ditto <3

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said...

I love that Rilke quote.

Wishing you a happy, happy brand new year!

 
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