But as I sit here, thinking about the turning of the year, I feel like I should express my gratitude for the year that is passing.
Do you ever wonder if you're having more choice experiences in your life -- or if you're just paying better attention?
2011 was the year I lived.
It was the year that I felt.
It was a year of friends. It was a year of memories -- rekindled and refreshed.
It was a year of awe and wonder, of beauty in new and unexpected places.
It was the first year that my age has ever profoundly affected me.
It was the year that I saw and heard and sang and laughed and thought and breathed and believed and prayed and watched and smiled and sighed and cheered. It was the year I held closer to what is important and the year that I began to learn to let go of what is not.
2011 is a year that I am profoundly grateful to have spent on this planet with all of you.
And finally, a toast to the year before us...
May the New Year find you in a better place than the old. May all that blessed you before, bless you twice again. May the roads you walk be as full of joy and beauty as the destination they lead you to. May your sorrows remind you that life is precious and that experience is a treasure. May your thoughts be noble and your words be kind. May you be a light that brings hope.
And may your life be as choice as your friendship.
Happy New Year.