#reverb12 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2012 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Through December 31st Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting each day with a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.
Appreciate. For what did you find a new appreciation this year?
Tonight, we celebrated Hanukkah with our extended family.
Yes, I realize that it has been over for a solid week now.
As we prepared to open presents, Uncle Jeff got up and made a winding speech that culminated with his declaring that we would all be sharing what we were thankful for this year before we opened up our gifts.
Because we did not do that at Thanksgiving, and why not?
So when my turn came up, I stood and I announced that my life was perfect.
Sometimes I’m afraid that I’m tempting the evil eye by making such bold statements. For carrying them in my heart.
To say that something is perfect? That you would change nothing at all? That’s a really big thing.
But when you get right down to it, I have everything that I could possibly need. And then some. I have everything that I could possibly want. And then some.
I have a husband I love more than anything. We are constantly surrounded by family and friends. That everyone in our herd is healthy is nothing short of miraculous.
Is life messy? Yes, always. Is it confusing? More often that I or anyone would probably like to admit.
But this year, I have appreciated more than anything, where I am at now. The “normal” days. My routine. The ordinary. Because these things are ours. They shape our every day, our weeks, our months, our years.
And that feeling of fullness and contentedness? Is something that can only find you just as you are.
Which is to say that my life is perfect.