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2011 - Good Loss and Bad, Happy and Sad

Monday, January 02, 2012

So, it's 2012 with the usual new resolve to live healthier, be a better person, challenge myself in new ways, etc., etc. I tend not to look back too much in life, but this past year is different for some reason.

Good losses this year were:

- Lost significant pounds through finding the formula that works for me to be healthy and feel great.
- Lost need to say "yes" when I really want to say "no" to a request or demand.
- Lost need to hang onto "stuff" that I hadn't used in years - big yard sale...

Bad losses:
- In January, my cat, Reva, suddenly took ill and I had to have her euthanized the same day. I miss her!
- Just about a week ago, my ex-husband, with whom I had a cordial relationship, died without my knowing he was even ill. Not only was it a loss of his extraordinary being but it was sort of a loss of youth to look back at our years together and our friends we had when we were in our 20's and 30's.

And, there was the "almost loss" this fall, when doctors thought I had a cancerous tumor on my kidney for a while and were recommending a kidney removal posthaste. Fortunately, it just turned out to be a genetic deformity that will be "watched" over the next year.

2011 was life in all its usual glory and trials. Mine was no better and certainly no worse than I have read on other Spark blogs.

So, we all press on. Personally, I continue to be optimistic. Whatever happens in 2012, it will be alright. We'll manage, we'll prevail, we'll make peace with our circumstances, we'll make the world better for each other.

Happy New Year!

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    Amazing blog and very inspirational! We all have losses good and bad in our lives, but they are the thread that weaves our character and makes us the person we will be tomorrow.
    2175 days ago
    I thought that I had caught up with everyone. I am sorry I missed this post. My congratulations, and my condolences. Married or divorced, it really didn't matter. You still shared a good chunk of your life with someone, and losing them closes that door. It is a sad time. You have a great outlook. Your closing remarks, about handling whatever comes your way in 2012, are healthy ones and just what I needed to read today! Be well.
    2205 days ago
    Sorry about your losses! Sounds like you have a great attitude and outlook on life! May this year be better and full of lots of happiness for you! Good luck with your goals!
    2236 days ago
    emoticon For the bad losses. And...

    emoticon For your good losses!

    May 2012 be a GREAT year!
    2240 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/4/2012 10:52:08 AM
    a good new year to you and yours as well. thanks for this moving blog. though i sometimes think that a little pessimism is a healthy attitude, because then the surprises are happy ones!

    2242 days ago
    2242 days ago
    So sorry for your ex-husband and your cat.
    Bravo for your successes! They are all very meaningful... very happy for you!
    2242 days ago
    YES! I remind myself daily that life doesn't come without it's trials and tribulations . . . way more sometimes than suits me but . . .

    The ultimate lesson is we cannot control circumstances, only our reactions to it.

    Happiness, good health and good sparking in 2012!
    2242 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing! I don't tend to look back either but sometimes it is nice to look at the successes and joys and the sadnesses and missteps. Life does go on doesn't it? Here's to 2012 being lived one optimistic day at a time and each one enjoyed to the fullest!

    All the best to you and yours!
    2242 days ago
    Great blog! We sure do travel a road of many challenges and always in change. I truly think all these things that happen make us a stronger person. Happy New Year!
    2242 days ago
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