As the year comes to a close and I begin to think about what I’d like to create – now that I am the sole leader of the family, the uncontested head of household – for the coming year, it’s a great time to look back and see what I failed to accomplish in 2010:
- I didn’t get in great shape or lose a lot of weight.
- I didn’t get a new car.
- I didn’t get my house and garage re-roofed.
- I didn’t fall in love; I didn’t even begin dating again…not really, anyway.
- I didn’t stop being a stronger, better version of me.
- I didn’t say only politically correct, appropriate things.
- I didn’t go into debt.
- I didn’t lose the privilege of parenting my children daily.
Whew! Thank heavens for small failures! There are only a few things on this list that I might have liked to accomplish anyway. Maybe I’ll plan those for 2011.
While we’re here, let’s take a moment to recount the successes of 2010:
- I own my own home – no liens, no co-signers, just me and my bank and my first mortgage and my fixer-upper.
- People around me comment on the positive change in my energy and the energy in my home.
- My daughter seems to be coming out of her shell in ways that show what a strong and determined woman she will grow to one day be.
- My son is learning resilience and growing stronger and more self-assured.
- We are managing all this, my little family of three.
- I’ve started my writing again. (and I can’t seem to stop!)
What apparent failures turned out to be blessings in 2010? What magnificent successes will you celebrate?