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I had a few stories I wanted to share with you today. Stories that have been building up in my head over the last several days. Stories that I thought would come pouring out as soon as I sat down to type. But as I sit here, a New Year about to begin, I find myself remembering the past year, wishing some things had turned out differently, grateful that others turned out the way they did. Amazed at how different a place we find ourselves in now, compared to a short 365 days ago.

9… 8…

The New Year is always so refreshing. A brand new opportunity to make things right. The chance to fix what’s broken. But how quickly we lose that determination, that resolve. Before too long, we are back into old habits, old ways of thinking, old ruts.


And then there are the obstacles we must overcome. Those events that we could have done without. Wrong decisions we wish we hadn’t made. Plans that backfired. Occurences that, at the time, it seemed as though we would never overcome. Wounds that wouldn’t heal.

6… 5…

But from the obstacles of life come new plans. New goals. Forgotten dreams. A braver, more bold self rises from the rubble of broken hearts, and a new future is planned. Every day you take another step and eventually, the past doesn’t hurt so much. You realize that it all did happen for a reason. And although there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the way things were playing out, they were, in fact, all part of a perfectly planned orchestra. The feeling of defeat fades and you are one step closer to who you are meant to be.


And at the end of every day, we are aware of the things that matter most in life, for they are not things at all. They are the priceless treasures of life. What makes us certain that there is no place on earth we would rather be.


Tomorrow is a new day. A New Year. A perfect opportunity to start fresh. A chance to prove to ourselves just how tough we really are, to always get up one more time than we fall down. To roll with the punches, as they say. To enjoy each day of this beautiful ride called life, and know that in the end, we used every ounce of passion that we were given.


Here’s wishing you a year of happiness and dreams come true. May 2012 be your best year yet.


Happy New Year!

9 thoughts on “Countdown

  1. I thought I had already given you the award I created. But now I don’t see that I did (in looking back). So here it is. It is called The Candle Lighter Award. Here is the link—it has the story about the award, the badge, etc. I am giving you the award because you light up the world with your wonderful, optimistic blog. Happy New year 🙂 http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/creation-of-new-blog-award-the-candle-lighter-award/. Go ahead and put the badge on your blog, my dear, because you are a candle lighter.

  2. Good post , well written Mariah. May I wish you and Rob and all the little ones a very Happy New Year..lots of love P

  3. Mariah, you are such an eloquent writer. This is one of your best posts yet, and you have posted some really good ones. You brighten up everyone’s world, especially ours. We are so proud of you. We hope you all have a wonderful New Year and that this year turns out to be everything you want it to be. We love you.

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