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In the past year I have seen families destroyed, people torn down for their beliefs and lifestyle choices, people degraded, mistreated and outcast for nothing other than being true to themselves. I have seen people band together to lift each other up in times of need. I have seen outpourings of love, support and unconditional acceptance of others. I have seen friendships forged, love found, lives lost and lives welcomed into the world. I have seen bodies ravaged by drug abuse, I have seen children succeed, businesses fail, and the first african american elected to office.

During my travels today,  the hope of the new year was buzzing around me like angry bees. Everyone I came across was resolving to do something BETTER in 2009. It dawned on me that MAYBE they don’t get it…maybe they don’t realize that they don’t get to wipe their slate  clean when the clock tolls midnight on December 31st;  there are no “do overs”. You can’t take back those angry words, you can’t undo hurt or pain you may have inflicted on others. No resolution or “changing of the guard” will magically make it go away.  How you choose to live and behave today has a DIRECT effect on how you are perceived tomorrow.

How are you living your life? Are you grateful for the people around you that lift you up and support you no matter what? Do you always treat others the way that you want to be treated? Are you using patience? Are you tolerant? When you look in the mirror, take a long hard look and inventory. Are you the type of friend that you would want to have? If the answer is yes, then I applaud you; but, if not, make the changes necessary to be that person. This life is too short to walk around angry, entitled, etc. Brush the dirt of your shoulder, make your amends and strive to live your life the way you would want to be remembered.

I want to take this time to thank you, my friends, for being part of my life, lifting me up and always giving me a reason to strive to be a better person tomorrow than I am today. Without each and every one of you, I may not have come out the otherside of 2008 unscathed. I appreciate you for who you are, who you are to become and who you are to me. I cherish you and am so thankful that you are in my life. The journey wouldn’t be the same without you.

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reflection
She looks in the mirror
a reflection unkown

The lines of time
stare back at her
like a road map to her soul

Her image
a ghost of things remembered
A past not long forgotten

A glimmer
just behind the darkness

In the distance
the voices call
We are here
We are here

Arms reach out
voices assuage

If only she would recognize
that “she” is waiting
with those that love them both

reflection

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I wrote this for a VERY dear frien who was going through a hard time. I want to let her know how absolutely loved and adored she is by all that know her. Having her in my life has made me a better person. Sharing experiences with her has enriched my life. (Baby girl, you are NOT alone – the help is there – WE are here if only you ask. I will do everything within my power – move heaven and earth to ensure that both you and those beautiful babies are safe. Remember…have shovel -WILL travel. I LOVE YOU)

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I just want to take a moment to recognize my fabulous group of friends and bloggers over on plurk.com that have come together to spread some holiday cheer. They have banded together for a contest of sorts that will take a bit of the holiday edge off of 2 lucky winners. Participation is as easy as 1-2-3:

Entry and “Rules”:

  • The contest runs today through Wednesday.
  • Comment on each of the bloggers posts listed below each day.
  • If you blog and would like to post about the contest, you will get 5 extra entries.
  • There will be two winners.
  • Each winner will be asked to give a mini bio of their family … ages, genders, wants, needs, likes, etc.
  • Prizes will be purchased accordingly, wrapped for under the tree, and sent without delay.
  • Comments and posts from Sunday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 26 will be taken as entries.

  • The winners will be announced on Black Friday (aka the day after Thanksgiving)

The following FABULOUS bloggers are participating:

(Even if you do not participate in the contest, I encourage you all to take a moment to read this fabulous group of writers. They are genuine, thought provoking and absolutely amazing individuals)

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