Starting off the new year right

Happy new year from Hawaii

I just got this email from a friend.  I think it is a great way to start the new year.  I am always happy to get little reminders that I am on the right path and that I am affecting people in a good way.  I love you all and wish you a great 2012.  I am so thankful for all your support and love and really appreciate your friendship, readership and you as a person.

Happy New Year, my friend ...

As I've shared with you, I'm not a reliable blog participant, but I have periodically checked yours out over this past year -- and I just learned that your Mom has passed away.  Please accept my belated, yet sincere sympathies.

I hope this doesn't come across as patronizingly "I know how you feel" ...but I also lost my Mom this year.

It sucks ...

However, you have eloquently put down your thoughts and emotions during this sad journey, and I'm hopeful that with the oncoming days and weeks, you will remember with love and happiness all that she was to you ..

obviously, I never had the pleasure of her acquaintance - and I only have a somewhat passing relationship with her son ... but I know a good soul when I see one, and I have always appreciated and looked forward to our connections -- however sparse they may be ..  you posses a sense of character, integrity and sensitivity that I admire and I trust your faith and optimism will not let you down as you face the new year .. which one hopes, will afford many more opportunities to cross paths ..

May 2012 shower you with blessings and love.  I look forward to updating my blogs and hearing back from you.  Your feedback is invaluable.

Until Next time...