I can’t believe that it’s a new year already. My Christmas was a lovely, wonderful blur. Steve and I made two trips to New Orleans in ten days to pick up and take home my aunt who had a stroke last year. She is living in an assisted living center at the moment, and we didn’t want her to be down there by herself. So we ended up with nine people and four dogs visiting with us within eight days. Both of our girls and their families got to come, plus my Mother and both sisters were able to visit. It truly was a Christmas to remember. But, now – 2021 is just a memory, and 2022 is upon us. What are you going to do with this year?
I have been challenged to come up with a “word” or “phrase” for the year. A word that will get me back on track when I start drifting. A word that means something just to me. What word would you choose? I thought about “growth,” “power,” “strength,” or “renew.” I thought of going along the line of Paul, the apostle and choose “I can,” but I keep coming back to the phrase, “No Regrets.” My 60th birthday is only a few days away, and when I look back on my life, there are several things that I wish I could “do over.” I guess we all have those things, but this year – I want to give myself permission to “go for it.” I don’t want to look back at the end of this year and wish I’d done this or that. The past is just that – it’s in the past. We shouldn’t look backwards because we’re not going that way. We can’t change the past, we can just plan for the future and live in the present because that’s just what it is – a “present” from God.
I want to live this year with no regrets. I want to do what needs to be done. I want to tell my family and friends that I love them. I want to live my life in such a way that heaven will one day be my home. I hope that you’ll choose a word for the year. If you “try it on” for a while and it doesn’t fit anymore – change it. May you have “no regrets.” Simply blessed, Courtney