|“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”|
I find myself closing another chapter of myself and opening another one. When I look back on the year 2010 I see many good times. It has been one of the best years of my life. As I reflect, I have had so many amazing experiences and have learned so much about myself, others, and just life. I have had many hard times this year. As it has been probably the best year of my life, at the same time it has probably been the hardest year of my life. I have had some different challenges this year, but I have learned and grown so much from those particular challenges and know that it was necessary to go through those certain trials in order to be where I am today. If there is anything that I've learned more this year than, the fact that there is a plan for each of us, than I don't know what it would be. I have truly come to understand that God is mindful of us and knows what we are going through. I've learned that if we just trust in the lord and that he has a plan for us as individuals, that we can get through anything with his help. I have overcome some things in my life that I didn't think I could overcome. I am so blessed and I'm glad that just in the last week or so I have been able to step back and look at my life and see just how blessed I am. I think for a good portion of the last few months of my life I was really focused in on the challenges I have been facing and less on my blessings and all I have to be grateful for. Honestly, during the Holidays this year it has been hard for me to be grateful for everything I have. I have been so selfish, and I'm just seeing that now. Granted, I have faced some pretty hard things but shame on me. As soon as I realized how pathetic and selfish I was being I was able to step back and see how truly blessed I am in my life. I have been able to reflect on my blessings and realize that these challenges have been essential for my growth, and challenges for all of us, are essential for growth. If we don't go through hard things in life, then we don't have anything to learn and grow from. God won't put us through anything we can't handle and I think just knowing that, has helped through the particular challenges in my life this year. So as this year comes to a close in the next few hours I can stand and say that I am truly grateful for this year 2010, and for all I have learned. I'm grateful for all of the amazing experiences and memories that have been created this year. I'm grateful for the trials and hard ships of this year, because I know that those hardships and trials have formed the person I am today. I look at life differently now because of those challenges and I have learned from the people placed in my life at certain times, and how grateful I am for those people. I have learned that most of the time we have no idea what is just around the corner in our lives, but if we can be humble enough to trust that the lords sees the bigger picture, and he wants to help us, that we can get through these challenging times in our lives.
So, here we are facing a New Year. What a blessing it is that we can put this year to rest and try again. I'm so excited for this fresh start. I have many things I would like to accomplish this next year and I'm excited. I feel like this is MY year. Just that I am going to have a great year and learn so much. A lot of my goals are self-improvement goals and I'm looking forward to trying to focus more on my relationship with my savior. I know that all he wants is for me to trust in him and to be happy. I have learned that if I trust in him I will be happy so that's what I'm going to work on this year, is simply being happy. Not dwelling on the little things, or even sometimes life altering things. But just really focus on trusting in him. He loves me and wants me to be happy, and who doesn't want to be happy? I know I do. So I'm going to be. Like this quote says "the book is called Opportunity," we all have this amazing opportunity of having a great year, it's up to us what this year looks like. Let's make it a year to be proud of when we close it again next year. Let's make it a year worth living. So Cheers to this past year, to the good times and bad. Cheers to a New Year and new Opportunities in our lives! Happy New Year everyone!!!! Let's make 2011 count!!!
-Yours truly. :)