That last post still pains me to consider. I miss my friend. His departure was unexpected and sudden and left me reeling. In the wake of that I had the hope of a children's services position in a local public library. It was much closer to home than my current job, better pay, and hours which would have been conducive to my continuing professional development in both library science and yoga instruction. I thought the interview went well. I still think my credentials had to put me at the top of the list. For whatever reason, I didn't get the job. I felt condemned to continuing a horrible commute to be paid less than what Calypso makes working in a chain restaurant. You all know I love what I do but the conditions are just worsening by the day and with the various automotive traumas the idea of a long drive to a deteriorating situation became demoralizing.
Although I don't make resolutions I do reflect on the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. Honestly, I was not in a particularly happy place as I considered 2014. Three cars totaled. The equivalent of a new car spent either in repairs or complete losses. Three job interviews with no fruit. Work going downhill fast. And the year bookended with Galen's death in December and my mentor's in February. I was ready to send 2014 packing.
And then I cracked open the mason jar full of notes I had collected throughout the year. Another friend shared at the beginning of 2014 how she jots down the date and a sentence or two about something that makes her smile or laugh or gives her great unexpected joy and puts it in the jar. At the end of the year she opens it up and reads each one. I liked that idea and did the same. Opening the jar and reading through each of the notes reminded me of joys and blessings large and small, which 2014 brought my way.
I remembered that along with the sorrows, 2014 brought:
- The return to my life of an old friend whom I had long ago assumed was gone forever after she withdrew. Tears of joy at the first phone call which lasted a couple of hours and later a reunion face to face.
- Expressions of respect and encouragement from coworkers who have become friends.
- Lights of dawning understanding in the eyes of students.
- MY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BEING CANCER-FREE!
- The courage to enter a yoga teacher training program and getting to know the amazing women in the program with me.
- Special and unexpected opportunities to share time with friends and family.
- Courage to try new things and find success.
- So many examples of laughter and love and joy from a myriad of sources.
Here's to 2015. May we all take time to see the good it brings so we may not be brought low by it's trials.