Well, here we are again on the brink of another year.
It's a strange feeling for me this time as I try not to look too far ahead into this new year and try to supress the feeling of foreboding while hoping to make the most of any good times.
Most of the time we don't know what's coming our way even though we can make plans and aim to bring about what we want to happen - like losing weight, going on holidays, a new alteration in the house or achieving something else that's positive. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have nice surprises, something we hadn't planned or even thought about!
And sometimes we know what's going to happen even when we don't want it to; there's an inevitability about it and sometimes no escape, facing a court case or a terminal illness or a redundancy - a life changing event.
“We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love”
Germaine de Staël
Living under a dark shadow such as this is hard going, so how do you get through? In different ways I suppose - planning as far as possible so you have a sense of some kind of control, taking one day at a time and dealing with whatever it is bit by bit so that it's not too overwhelming all at once.... and having good friends to pick you up off the floor from time to time.
I hope that whatever you have to deal with this year will be good and uplifting but I'm also aware that some, like me, will have to cope with things they do not want to face and I wish you all the strength you will need for that.
This will be a hard year for me as some of you will know and I'm not sure how much time I will have for Flickr with what I will have to do over the next few months, though I hope to come back from time to time. This won't be a happy new year for me but I do wish a happy one for you and I do want to thank all those who have thought about us and prayed too. I very much appreciate your kindness and your friendship and I wish you well in the year to come with only good things coming your way!