2014 will forever mark one of the most challenging and sad times of my life. Although this singular year holds one of the most profound losses of my life, it also has captured the most beautiful moments of human love, compassion and laughter I have ever experienced. So I leave 2014 with a new lens and as a different person than I was at this time last year.
I closed 2013 on FB by sharing moments of blessings- Candice loved loved loved that I concentrated on all the wonderful experiences. So I thought I would continue in this Candice approved frame of mind.
Everyday I work on trying to have a moment to embrace. Today I was running around the pond, and there were a number of birds dancing in a tree. I stopped and looked up to see all the commotion and found myself witnessing dozens of robins dancing among the branches. I stood there for some time and I smiled and then I cried. As I stood there one robin swooped down to the lowest branch within a few feet from my face and stared at me with great intensity - I smiled again and thought how lucky for me to see the world in this new light. A light Candice showed me in her graceful passing.
To enter a new year without Candice physically by my side is terrifying. What will 2015 have in store for me? I don't have all the answers and I have certainly learned not all the control. However, as I say farewell to 2014 - I reach for hope and a continued quest for moments of happiness. I know I will visit 2014 often to draw upon strength, wisdom and love that I received.
A broad overview of my 2014 Blessing in no particular order as they are all equal in importance to me!