The remains of the holiday surround me as I sit here in the living room. The tree is still merry and bright, but I notice the poinsettias are beginning to fade. Feeling a bit like they look this morning. The holidays brought much joy, but also held some sadness too.

Looking back I see I’ve always tried to make things better; create a joyful place for my family, make it all beautiful. Provide that elusive something I didn’t have growing up.

Acceptance is a bitter pill in the beginning. Once swallowed, it brings to the surface all the sadness carried in the heart. Sometimes I feel I will drown in it. But then my arms and legs begin to move as if they have a mind of their own and I remember that I can swim.

I need to water those poinsettias. They may be fading and will eventually be gone. But they are still alive in all their faded glory, reminding me to appreciate now… it’s all we really have.

I can accept that.

It is the last weekend of the year. How will you spend it?


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4 Responses to Acceptance

  1. Oh how I love how you look at things and brings things back to the true self. One of the things I don’t like about the holiday is all of what you say, trying to make things look like they do in magazines, internet, IG etc. No matter how old I get it seems to be a hard lesson for me, but then again anything worth while is not always easy. Acceptance would be a great word for the year if I hadn’t already chosen my word, I can keep this one in my mind also and then again there is always 2015.

    I will be spending the rest of the year, to get my health back to normal, been a slow process but I am seeing the light at the end. I will also celebrate a birthday before years end so something to look forward to with family.

    Happy New Year my friend.

  2. Dotti says:

    ‘The remains of the holiday surround me’ … and with that comes the annual debate with myself: should I start putting them away now or wait until after New Year’s Day? I know that once they’re put away again … it is January then February … oh! the two longest months on my calendar. So the decorations usually stay up until at least New Year’s Day. However, maybe I should begin putting them away today … Well, you see my dilemma.

  3. Cheryl says:

    The pointsettia is still very beautiful.
    Happy New Year Carol.

  4. Laurie says:

    Bokeh Love…Beautiful!!

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