January 1st, 2013
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Happy New Year to you and yours!
I hope you are not feeling too hung over today from the fun you had last night and may your first day of the new year be a harmonious one.
My New Year’s Eve last night was a low key one for me: an early dinner with family and then home to try and stay awake to watch the ball drop in New York’s Times Square.  I ended up falling asleep on the family room couch way before midnight (no surprise there) but then woke up at midnight because the neighbors were setting off fireworks and yelling, “Happy New Year” out in the street.
I looked out the window and watched them and smiled.  I loved the spontaneity and the celebration!
A new year is underway!!  A brand new year is spread before us, fresh with expectations and wishes and time that it is unwritten.
I took a deep breath and said a prayer that this would be a year of good health and healing.
For those of you who lost a spouse, a child, a relative, a partner, a friend or an acquaintance in 2012, may you move forward into the new year with a sense of resilience and may you bring your memories of your loved one with you.
Use those memories to give you strength and let them restore your broken heart.
Use those memories as a touchstone and let them remind you that your loved one would want you to return to living your life.  You will never ever forget them, just as I will never forget my husband who died.  Weep for them when you feel sad, but also laugh for them when you remember a funny thing they did or said.
Talk about your loved one and reach out to others.  You may feel alone in your thoughts but you are not.  There is always someone who cares enough about you to sit quietly and listen as you seek to recover and restore your outlook on life.
It can be scary, for this healing process is exposing you to a different life, a life with new people, places and possibilities.  But remember you will always have your loved on with you and that person will always be in heart and in your memory.
To you my fantastic readers, I wish all of you good health, happiness, love and laughter in the new year and as 2013 unfolds, take your time to find new meaning and new purposes in your wonderful life.
Peace Always & Happy New Year!!!!!
May 2013 be all that you wish it be!!!
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