When I started this blog a few months ago, I had no idea what to expect. Having no expectations and no real agenda was a blessing, I’m discovering, because anything gained as a result has been the most pleasant surprise.
Those of you who have taken the time to participate in this blogging experience with me — whether you’ve just casually read a couple of my posts, subscribed to its updates, shared a comment or two, offered kind words of encouragement, recommended a song or a band after reading a few of my own recommendations, or written to me about your own stories of dealing with a loved one’s addiction and recovery — have been a part of this most incredible gift that I simply didn’t anticipate.
Thank you for that.
Like many people, I tend to get reflective around the holidays. There’s a certain nostalgia that’s inevitable as a result of closing out a year and starting anew, turning yet another year older, and spending time with loved ones I simply don’t see often enough during the non-holiday seasons. That nostalgia often — when we’re lucky — gives way to gratitude, then the gratitude to hope. And so, the holidays are here and I find myself thankful, appreciative, and hopeful about tomorrow’s tomorrow.
My wish for you and yours this holiday season is that same nostalgia, that same gratitude, and that same hope.