Today is my 29th wedding anniversary. Having an anniversary in late December has advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, it's a good time to reflect, while we never go away for our anniversary because our kids are home for Christmas break.
So, in reflection, it's been a good year for our family. Especially when contrasted with last year, when I was dealing with a new job that required at least 60 hours per week dealing with difficult people, teaching early morning seminary, and having an employed husband for three months. Early into my new job, I missed 6 weeks because I nearly died. Twice.
Looking back can be detrimental, especially if you become stuck in the past. But if you focus on the victories (survival was one last year), it provides strength for all the challenges of the future.
While I hope to never face a year like 2008, it prepared me to better face the blessings of 2009, and look forwards to 2010.
I wish for all of you the same, with a peaceful, happy, and blessed new year.