Saturday, December 25, 2010
For some years now, my husband and I have encouraged each other to improve our lives. It's the healthiest possible relationship that has led to so many changes! I wish all people could have this sort of mutual support. World peace is a worthy goal too, but I wonder if there wouldn't be a whole lot less anger and resentment in a world where we accepted one another and accorded one another the dignity and love we each deserve. It shouldn't matter what your beliefs are, or the color of your skin, your sexuality, size, age, and so forth.
It doesn't get any better than this: we help each other through. In a dark place, if I am afraid - you reach out your hand and guide me; I am able to do the same for you, and for others. Doing so helps me gain confidence, rewards me, and increases my understanding. I am aware of our lack of perfection, which in any case was never a goal.
I woke to thoughts of my family, far away this year. We don't have any decorations up (one day when I finish my dissertation there WILL be decorations - next year!!) but are planning a lovely quiet day, with good food (healthy, tasty, within range) and leisure, plus a call to family.
Both of my sisters' families are dealing with job loss and hard times right now, and our parents are showing their age more and more. Last weekend, we spent time with my folks and saw their increasing limitations (physical and cognitive impairment) and left with a great sadness at the shortness of life, but an appreciation of what we have been to one another.