My Wish For You-Peace
Years ago we used to make fun of beauty contestants who when asked what they wanted to see in the future they smiled and said, “World peace.” I’m starting to think those girls gave the right answer.
There’s much to be said for “Peace on Earth and goodwill towards men,” especially when it’s in short supply.
What a year 2016 has been. I don’t know about you but I have mixed emotions about it. If 2016 were a Facebook friend I’d seriously be thinking about unfriending them. Life threw a bunch of lemons at my family and friends this year and at times I’m like a dog who wants to sit around and lick my wounds.
What Went Wrong
I’ll spare you the details but my heart still aches over the death of BAM. It was one of the highlights of my life (a conference I helped host) and I loved it like a person! My partners were awesome and I will miss them so much, but the high of being with other women my age who get what I do and who loved celebrating what we do, was a thrill I don’t expect to ever have again in this life time. Thank you to everyone who attended in Nashville and in Vegas. I LOVE YOU!
The death of BAM was a big blow, but when a momma’s babies and grandchildren hurt, well that’s a hurt like no other. One grandbaby was premature and spent weeks being hooked up to machines and monitored. Another had eye surgery. There were other family dramas as well, but unlike some people we keep our dramas private and don’t post them on Facebook for all the world to see.
Just suffice it to say that all families have problems. If you think they don’t, that you know a picture perfect family, I challenge you to spy in their windows (not really). There are NO perfect families but we all love each other and when times get tough, we know who has our back, our family. You deal with stuff and you move on because you have no choice, but as far as I’m concerned there was way too much STUFF to deal with in 2016.
Another reason 2016 sucked was the stupid election. I don’t care who you voted for, it sucked. I hate the political ads, the negativity and what it did to my Facebook timeline feed. I hate seeing people upset and saying nasty things. That’s all I’m going to say about that, but I will add one more, “It sucked.”
A Different View
Then I look around and I see my friend Donna whose heart almost got the best of her. She’s home recovering now, thankfully, but what a curve ball she was thrown!
I have another friend whose son is not in contact with her and she hasn’t seen her granddaughter in over a year. Talk about stinky holidays. How do you celebrate when there is an empty space at your table.
Another friend, Tracey, a few years younger than me is fighting for her life as her kidney’s are shutting down.
A neighbor just buried his step-daughter and today he will bury his wife. Both lost their battles to cancer.
A young girl in our community and a lady at my church were diagnosed with cancer and just began treatments.
And of course I’m still mourning Martha. It’s been over a year since her death but that doesn’t matter when you lose a loved one. Every holiday, every day, you miss them.
As I look back over my life it wasn’t the worst year I have ever had, 1989 still holds that honor, but it was a tough one. It’s the kind of year that adds white to your hair, wrinkles to your face and puts you on your knees in prayer.
But that’s life. None of us are guaranteed an easy life or a peaceful existence here on earth. There are millions of displaced people, including orphans, who are wandering the globe in search of a better life. Shame on me for whining. Shame on me for waiting so long in this post to say how thankful I am for my home, my family, my friends (and my Facebook friends) and my country.
And shame on me if I don’t do my part to keep peace in my family, my community and my country. I watched a lot of videos of this song before I chose the one I thought fit this post best. I hope you’ll take a moment and watch it too.
The Big 3
The same things get me through the tough times again and again. Faith, Family and Friends. Here’s hoping you have someone to lean on and a strong faith to get you through whatever life brings your way in 2017.
Remember the song in Toy Story? To borrow a famous line from it, here at NanaHood….”You’ve got a friend in me.”
Thank you for being my friend. Come back soon and often. May there be peace in your life in 2017.