No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen
the friendship of those who are thoroughly
persuaded of each other's worth.
If we knew that today would be our last how might we spend it? What sage words might flow from tongue or pen? What intentional act(s) would we craft? Who might we seek out for one long, last hug? Where might we go, or not go?
These are the tenor of my thoughts today, and for many of the days & months leading here.
Rest assured: I'm full of robust health with nary a notion of vacating my mortality any time soon - God willing. But today is the last day I will make the blogosphere a regular stop in my daily or weekly route. It's time to shift gears, change chapters, move along, take a break and otherwise disengage. The Aborigines call this a walkabout.
I don't know.
The fact is: You've altered my world. Some of you have become lifelong friends ... people like Judy, Debbie, Sonja, Elaine, Beth, Luther, Lisa, Mary. Yet others of you have filled my world with warmth, wit & charm - Rosel, Noreen, Karen, Father David, Linda, Robin, Susan, Jen, Janet, Ray, Denise, Patrina, Beth2, Rebecca, Maryanne, Shirley, Melanie, Peggy, Renee, Bren, Lea, Nancy, Andrea.
“The next best thing to being wise oneself
is to live in a circle of those who are.”
~ C.S. Lewis
Most (if not all) of us will spend eternity together, so parting need not be sorrowful ~ sweet or otherwise. Forever is such a long, long, long time.
This I also know: 2013 will be a year of refreshing; a year of renewing, reviving, reinvigorating & replenishing. I'm counting on it.
How blessed am I that I went from being no one, to being Know One; and to have been granted the great blessing of faith, family & friendships. What more is there?
But one who looks intently at the perfect law,
the law of liberty, and abides by it,
not having become a forgetful hearer
but an effectual doer,
this man shall be blessed in what he does.
~ James 1:25
Slán go fóill
(Gaelic for: "Goodbye for now.")