When my dear friend Eva suggested that I choose a "Word of the Year", my first thought was "Health". (If you read my previous post you know why.) After giving it more thought, I came up with a new word... "Believe".
2011 was a year of (many) medical crises for my family, the worst of which was in August when my father-in-law almost died. At the time I couldn't write about it because my emotions were much too raw. But now, many months later, I am able to share with you how that time has changed my perspective...
Without sharing the gory details, I can simply say that he was laughing and joking over a family dinner one night, then the very next day he was in critical condition and a nurse was telling us to "prepare ourselves" because things were "very, very bad". It continued to be a roller coaster for the following month - one minute things were looking up, then the next minute things things were critical again.
During the hardest times, when things were bleak and I was at my saddest, I kept finding pennies wherever I went. I believed they were a sign that everything was going to be okay... And it was. My father-in-law's recovery and return to the kind, compassionate, strong man he was at the beginning of August is astonishing. He is a living miracle - all of his doctors and nurses have said so.
So, for 2012, my word is "Believe".
This year I am believing...
In hard work and dedication
In hope and faith
In big dreams
In endless possibilities.
Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, creative, fun-filled, miraculous New Year!
p.s. If you've chosen a "Word of the Year" I'd love to hear what it is!