It's a brand new year ahead of us, a blank canvas to paint, an empty garden to plant; a dream to come true! It's a brand new year. It's a good time for looking back.
Perhaps it's the age I am, but I don't enjoy leaving a mess behind me. I have a need to make sure I cleared the tracks I made, threw the trash away, washed all the dishes.
And so it is as I leave another year behind, I'm looking back.
I wrote part of this in my blog this morning; a friend asked that I share it.
Looking back will help all of us move forward, she said.
Did I answer all the letters from my old friends?
Did I only forgive when I should have also forgotten?
Did I dance in the rain and remember those who have touched my life but who are no longer with me?
Did I clear my footprints from the days that I ran through, did I leave unnecessary debris behind?
Did I bruise someone with my anger, a harsh word thrown to the wind?
Did I ignore a friend who needed me?
Did I fret too much about things I could not change, did I stress over little nothings that made no difference anyway?
Did I do the best I could do with what I've been given?
Did I step aside and allow others attention?
Did I withhold a smile when it could have eased a burden?
Did I worry too much when the floods were around me, instead of being thankful for the rainbow that followed?
Did I stop and smell the roses?
Did I dance in the sunshine?
Did I smile in the moonlight?
Did I tell my friends how much I care?
Did I take only one when there were two or did I leave enough behind for others?
And did I care enough or did I just go through the motions?
I hope I did the right thing. I hope I said the right words.
And if I didn't, then I believe that's why we are given tomorrow.
May your New Year bring you all you need.