As the end of this year comes to a close, its time to look back upon things and reflect. What have I learnt? What have I achieved? What am I going to strive for in the New Year? Have I shown myself worthy of all the good that is around me? And so it goes…

This year has been unique in many ways, eventful, challenging, trying, good mixed in with ‘bad’.
I started and completed my first proper year of physio school, I finally got my CRPS diagnosis (after struggling for over 2 years), found an informed pain specialist and great physio, I made some truly amazing friends, I proved dreams can come true…

I learnt so many things, things that have meaning, things that don’t come easily. To carry on when the going gets tough and to believe those good times do come, to be brave when facing the unknown and fight like a lion.
I learnt a lot about myself, to trust my judgement; to persevere in the face of others doubt and that I am worthy. I learnt to put myself first sometimes, to listen to my body and that it’s ok to have bad days. I discovered that its fine to ask for help and that it’s not showing failure or weakness.
I learnt the importance of having people to talk to, the necessity of sharing with others and being a sounding board in return. I found out I could actually be helpful even though there is ocean between and many miles of separation. I discovered the healing in a simple act such as a hug or a kiss, the unburdening and secure feeling that occurs without words between two people who totally understand each other. I learnt that there are medical people you can trust and that some really do understand what you are going through.
I have learnt a lot…

I still have a long way to go in accepting my life as it is, I still have many things to learn and many things to achieve before I can say that I have fulfilled my obligations in this life, but I feel I am on the right path. Do I stumble? Of course I do, but I have friends to take my hand and draw me back to the path and I have faith. Do I forget to count my blessings? For sure, but I have reminders that let me know how fortunate I am.
Yes I live in constant pain, yes I have continuous barriers to overcome, yes I pretend to most of the world that I am fine, yes I have times when I feel like I can take it no more BUT I am still alive, I have been blessed with life…I still wake up in the morning and see the sun come in the window. I still hear the birds chirping in the trees and I still have hope. For as long as I wake up each morning, I have a reason to live and because of that I have a reason to fill this life with good things and to help others fill their life with the same. I have been given a beautiful gift and it is an honour to be able to go out and share it with the world.

So 2009, I am ready and waiting with open arms:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
--Reinhold Niebuhr


Tough Cookie said...

Hi, darling! Best wishes for this new year! Congratulations on all you have achieved thus far and best of luck in all you do in 2009 and beyond.

How are you feeling?

Lisa Moon said...

What a beautiful post, my dear! I could not have said it any better and my thoughts echo your words in so many ways.

Thank you for being there for me across the oceans and for letting me be there for you, too.

I wish us all an amazing year of growth and friendship.

Love always,