The end of this year happened so quickly. It seemed as if Thanksgiving arrived, and immediately afterwards was Christmas. I'm not sure why this year the holidays seemed so rushed; maybe it's because even the "higher being" in the sky wants to see this year come to an end and so he/she (whatever you want to think) has sped things up a little in an effort to make that happen.
As always, tonight at the stroke of midnight - I will raise my glass and say a toast to the year that's leaving us, and warmly welcome the new one. 2008 was a difficult year for many; I'm fortunate to be able to say that I was able to stay relatively unscathed by much of the turmoil that has touched so many. At the same time, it is always best to look back on even the most difficult of times and know that they happened for a reason; even if we can't always see it at that very moment.
So my toast for the farewell of this year and the start of the new is simple, and yet appropo:
"Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last. "
You never know what cards you will be dealt, and nothing lasts forever. So enjoy every moment of it. No matter what happens, or what you may be going through - take a moment to relish in what you do have. Because so long as you are alive, breathing and with those you love -- you can over come anything, no matter how difficult -- and that is what matters the most.
Happy New Year....