August was a challenge. It taught me some important things about myself and about friendship. The papers have been signed to bring an official end to a marriage that died years ago. Some friends have chosen to leave my life, while others have sought and found a place or returned after an absence. The lessons were very painful, and the grief was enormous, but I'm through most of it now. The rest will leave a scar but it will heal. I've stopped picking at it.
I'm so glad that summer's over and I'm back to work! Since I was 6 and walked into my first day of the first grade the year has new year has begun in September. My life follows the pattern of the school year, and new year's day is the first day of school. A new year is full of potential, the anticipation of challenges successfully met, the opportunity to grow and learn and achieve. Last year was so hard that survival became an accomplishment. This is a year of self-discovery. I will be truly present to myself, to the moment and to whomever I happen to be with.
Happy new year Gina, and happy new LIFE.