I had this whole post in mind about 2010; about how I couldn't wait to see it go, about how it was filled with horrible news, hard days, stumbling blocks, and more hardships I care to ever write about here.
But then, on New Year's Eve, I found myself sitting in a circle of friends and family at a cozy little farm. Just sitting, laughing, eating, drinking, listening, and being. In that moment, I chose to love 2010...hardships, struggles, and all. Because that moment is really what life is all about.
It's funny how life seems to play games with us. How much can we deal with at one time? How many times can we be hit with devestating news in a single month? Or how just waking up in the morning can be the biggest effort of the day? And yet...we are always still standing. Always. Because it's what we do.
In the midst of the mess, there are friends inviting you over for a drink and a good cry, random acts of kindness that make you believe in the good of the world once more, and the unwavering love of a single human being who wants nothing more than to love you. And those things are all amazing.
And life, no matter how hard or trying it may seem, really does rock. Gratitude, living in the moment, and love are the most important things we can do for ourselves and others. They really are what life is all about. And I pretty much guarantee you, if you live with intention, gratitude, and love...life will really love you back.
So here's to 2011. It will be an amazing year, full of love.