As 2012 comes to a close, the old lady and I have been reminiscing. No, not about romantic moments over the years or anything like that. About 2012, a year that has had its share of miserable moments. Before I really thought about it, I would have insisted that 2012 was the worst year ever in recorded history. But, as I reflect back and let the good things shine through, maybe it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought.
After all, Mary graduated from IWA and Theresa from Loyola. Annie and Andrew tied the knot. Jamie and Neil also celebrated their nuptials. Mimi and Grandma survived some really scary health issues. Stephanie graduated and landed a job on Wall Street (or somewhere close to Wall Street). Sarah landed a job that (so far) she loves. Louie came into our lives. Tom landed a good job after three years of looking. Betsy received her MBA and got a big promotion at her work. President Obama was re-elected (sorry if you are one of the people who don’t share that view).
There were other good, but less public, moments that each of us experienced. Emotionally challenging moments can bring the best out of us as we work to pull things back together. We just keep on swimming and looking for the silver lining. Its all about patience and having faith that its going to be OK.
So, while I am looking forward to 2013 (what’s not to like about a year with a 13 in it?), I am not as frustrated with 2012 as I once was. I realize that there was a lot of good in 2012 — a lot of accomplishments to celebrate and be proud of. Like the jumbalaya that the old lady makes, I am looking forward to more sausage (good stuff) and less rice (bad stuff) in the year ahead.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned.