She was a very good mother and a loving mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and we're doing some quiet remembering here, we two, as well as chatting with our kids by phone and email about their grandmother.
I start teaching again on Monday, so there's lots of prep to do and I'll admit to groaning a bit about that. I'll also admit to some excitement about new courses and new students. And a third admission would be anxiety about my decision to retire at the end of 2015. And impatient anticipation for what that retirement might bring. One year at a time, though, right? And savour them as they come along. Jennifer, at A Well-Styled Life posted that she was choosing a Word rather than a Resolution to guide her through 2015. Her post inspired me to choose my own word, and today in yoga, I tried to let go of the Apprehension which hasn't been serving me especially well and to move toward Joy. I thought, at first, of making Happy be my word for 2015, but I want, instead, to find ways to appreciate my life even when I'm angry or sorrowful or worried for very good reasons. Not sure, yet, what pathways I might follow in sorting that out, but I'm going to begin by simply being conscious of the word. Joy.
And that's it. We're mourning a loss, but we're doing so in a beautiful place with people we love. The year has begun and has already promised us gifts -- we expect to meet new tiny people over the next few months. And you? Any Words or Resolutions or Goals or Hopes for the year? Has it begun well or are you still needing to keep your head down and the covers up for a while longer? I can't say it too often: I'm always pleased to read your comments and keep our conversation going. Happy New Year!