Happy New Year!
I wish you a year filled with peace, happiness and joy. We rang in 2008 with good food, good friends and lots of fun. (dancing to "She's A Brick House", "YMCA", and the like - I'm a bit sore this morning - LOL) 2007 was a year full of challenges however I know for a fact that when God closes one door, he opens a window. We've survived the challenges and come out of it with wonderful friends. Friends to cherish and enjoy!
I've spent the past week reflecting about 2007 and mentally making plans for 2008. I made a long mental list of everything I want to accomplish in 2008 and was feeling very proud of myself. And, then yesterday I read an e-mail from the spouse of a client/friend informing me that my client/friend passed away peacefully in her sleep the day after Christmas. Stunned and shocked are words to express how I felt. After I shook off the feelings of being stunned and shocked I spent time with my thoughts. I thought about that same ole cliche about life being too short, etc. So, I've made one and only one resolution for 2008 to seek joy to fill every day. I wear my heart on my sleeve, as so many of you know, so seeking joy to fill every day is going to be a challenge for me. I'm going to try very hard not to let the "quiltzillas" and "nay sayers" of the world disrupt my life. Can I do this? I don't know but I'm going to try.
In seeking joy to fill every day I'm going to attempt to stop fretting about how many quilts I own, how many flimsies need to be quilted, how many projects I have started or want to start or how much fabric I own. In the grand scheme of things it just doesn't matter as long as my world is filled with joy. :-)
Sometime in 2007 I was chastised for blogging and I have thought long and hard about discontinuing my blog. I've asked myself if discontinuing my blog would make me happy - the answer is NO! I'd miss so much about my blogging - the friends I've made all over the world; the sharing; the inspiration; the laughter I've shared with so many; the tears I've shed for and with some of you - enough said!
Thank you so much for being my "International Friendship and Quilting Guild".
Happy New Year, In Friendship!