Looking ahead hoping, and looking back at what has happened is what New Year’s day is for me.
A lot of things happened last year; most were good and a few were not so good.
As has been the case over the last few years, I lost relatives and friends.
Those were the hard times.
It is very difficult to think those people are no longer here and I would be remiss if I did not say that I missed them.
Overall it was not that bad a year, with only a few surprises.
I think my fondest memories last year have been the times I spent with Jane Claire, my granddaughter.
She has helped me see things from such a better perspective, and of course that is what grandchildren do for you.
Jane Claire certainly goes on the positive side of my ledger as does my children.
I have been so blessed to have children who have made me proud of their accomplishments and the kind of people they grew into.
A friend and I recently talked about this very subject and it is a monumental task, especially in the world in which we live in today.
I can easily say that raising children was the hardest and yet most rewarding thing I have ever done.
Today, I would not trade that experience for anything in the world.
Looking forward does scare me, however.
I don’t know what lies around the next corner (not that I ever have) for us as a nation or myself individually.
That old adage of hoping for the best and planning for the worst may apply now more than ever before.
It is my prayer that 2014 is a good year for everyone and that what bumps you have are small ones.
It is with that in mind I always go back to my favorite Bible verse: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven; a time to be born; and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted.
That pretty much sums up what will happen in 2014.