Out with the old, in with the new.

"There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”

And with that I'm finally learning to let go of everything that has been 2007. There have been many ups, many downs, many smiles, many tears, much joy but much sadness as well. And when reflecting on what has been, it is only worth it to see the ups, the smiles and the joy, and to let the downs, the tears and the sadness slip through the cracks to be lost into a world of regret. If there is one thing that I have learned this year, it is that nobody can go back and start a new beginning, or change what they have done in the past. But anyone, anyone can start a new day, today, and make a new ending. Endings are sad, yes, to any degree that is it presented. Whether it is a heartbreak or a loss, endings are hard. Beginnings, on the other hand, can be quite scary. Embracing new things and leaving your comfort are not easy things to do. Yet the key is to remember that it's the middle that counts. Everything that happens after the beginning and before the end ... that is where life is lived. And it is so important to remember this in the beginning, when dreams you wish to seek seem far away and you are too weary to move on. I was once told this by a friend of mine, something that has really engraved itself in my heart. "May the best day of your past be your worst day of the future." Take a while, read it again, absorb it, breathe it in. Understand it and live by it. It is the eve of a new year. 2007 is wrapping up and 2008 is just about to begin. I have had many, many countless joys in 2007. But may the joys and happiness of 2007 be fickle compared to the happiness and joy I will experience in 2008. No more regrets, I'm leaving the past behind. Grieving is hard, but the sun is shining and the world is spinning and I am living, I am smiling. Happy New Year, everyone.

"Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find 'tomorrow' on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, 'If I had my life to live over again ... ' Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day! Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."