Days of Reflection

I took some much needed time to spend with my family in the days following Christmas so I have only been dropping in occasionally. Sadly, I read the news that fellow blogger Mary Smith’s cancer journey came to an end. I am so sad we lost Mary and as much as we all loved her, I am sure our feelings pale in comparison to those of her family. This community lost another strong, welcoming, and supportive member. It is a loss we will feel for years to come.

Since my family left, I have taken some time to reflect on the past year and think about my intentions for the year to come. I never make resolutions, but one thing I do try to do is find a focus or an intent for the coming year.

December also has some grief anniversaries for me of which I try to stay above a sense of sadness and focus on celebrating the lives that played such an important part of helping me develop into the person I would become. Hard nonetheless.

2021 had its ups and downs. I had moments of hope for the virus declining and we all know those hopes were dashed. I now know several people fully vaccinated and boosted who have contracted the virus. Sadly, it was to be expected as long as the virus had a place to mutate and spread. Guidances are changing again. Shorter quarantine times (which some doctors disagree with) and a move away from cloth masks to N95, KN95, or 3-ply surgical masks. Trying to stay one step ahead of (or at least in sync with) the virus becomes more and more challenging.

I am making some minor changes to my blog and I hope to move back to writing more from my heart which is how I started this journey. I won’t say I will not continue some of the weekly prompts and challenges, but when I do, I hope the content will be more based in actually saying something that gives readers a glimpse of who I am. I hope to continue the Thursday Throwback prompt with Lauren – at least until it has run its course.

This community has become such an important part of my life and I value you, dear readers and fellow writers more than you can imagine. As in any other community, I think our role is to add something to make it better – or at least no worse – than we found it. That is my goal.

I remain ever optimistic and hopeful for the future.


27 thoughts on “Days of Reflection”

  1. Mary’s death was expected but still a sad blow.
    You’re right writing something that means something to us is important.


    1. It is hard to come to terms with the passing of someone who was so kind and generous. It is so easy for me to fall into lazy writing and I want to do better.

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    1. Willow, thank you. I look forward to a continued exchange in our community in 2022. The best and brightest of the new year to you and your family.


    1. So kind of you, Peter. I know we will have continued challenges, but I hope 2022 will be kinder. Sending you wishes for happiness and health in the new year.

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  2. I echo your desire to share more of your heart in the blog. It is a delicate walk between holding back and disclosing too much in a online forum. I will enjoy seeing how each of us tries it out in 2022.

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    1. It is so good to see you, Darren. I tried to send you a note through your contact form, but I got an error message. I am glad to see you are well. The best of 2022 to you!

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