What did I learn in 2008? It's a question I probably can't answer in its entirety as some of the things impressed upon & within me won't be clear until some other day, or year. Some not until eternity.
But here's some of what I know (either new, or again):
- I cherish my family. No real news to that one, but an affirmation that digs deeper into my soul with each passing year.
- I relish work and the using of my brain, being productive.
- Books (even internet sites) are such a rare & wonderful way to collect information, insights and perspective.
- Children crack me up. I am particularly fond of 3 - 5 year olds, but I enjoy them at all ages. They are honest, funny, lively, inquisitive, refreshing. I must learn to be more like them.
- I can't eat 2,000 calories a day and not pay for it.
- Whenever I view life as an adventure, it's fabulously intriguing.
- Whenever I view life as something that happens to me, I'm pitifully victimized.
- Woods and mountains and rivers are my favorite habitats (provided they offer blue skies).
- I have added so many new friends to my already profuse bouquet of them.
- I am closer to the grave than the cradle (a fact, not morbidity).
- I loathe all forms of child abuse.
- I am happiest in my kitchen (cooking for hubby or friends), or my den (reading the scriptures, or books, or meanderaing about the internet).
- The older I get, the more intentional I want to be. In 2008 this was (and is) a recurring theme.
- An era has already passed. No use belaboring that fact or whining about it. Kids may not play alone outdoors anymore; even in their own yards. One must be wise and prudent and vigilant as they go out, and come in. Ward Cleaver and Mr. Green Jeans don't live here anymore. All that to say I need to accept what is quicker, even though I don't have to like it.
- Acceptance needs to be the watchword that follows me into 2009.
- I've actually grown quite fond of my aging (rounding) frame. It may be a 2 on a
scale of 1 to 10 (10 being really classy), but it's my 2. Better than a zero, I'd say!
- I've got to develop a better method of handling my disdain for the liberal agenda.
- God is in control; not me. Not such a brilliant conclusion, really. Yet ... sometimes I know this deeply - at the gut level. At other times I know it intellectually, but not so instinctively. Yet other times I forget it entirely.