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A New Year With New Unknowns

Updated on February 17, 2020
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Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.

Tomorrow is full of such mystery

Five days before Christmas, sadly and very unexpectedly, my Aunt, my Dad’s baby sister, passed away.
She wasn’t elderly, she wasn’t sick, she wasn't frail. She wasn’t battling any disease, but suddenly and without warning, she fell victim to an unknown, a life ending blood clot.

Her children and grandchildren had no way of knowing that this Christmas would be their first Christmas, without her!


This morning, I spoke with a childhood friend. She is counting on prayers and for a miracle to take place in her life, because doctors do not have the capabilities to help her and medicine does not have the capacity to cure her.

She is at the mercy of God, time is not on her side.

It is an unknown, as to how much time she has left.

Two women that have been a part of my life; one not anticipating death‘s visit, once she called it a day, most likely with plans already made for the following day, retired to her bed for the night, never to awaken again, on this earth.

The other, battling sickness for much, much too long. Asking questions, seeking answers, hoping and praying for a healing, while being told, there is no cure and that there aren’t any answers to her questions.

We just do not know how many tomorrows we have, whether our next breath will be our final or what the future may hold in store for us.

If tomorrow in itself is full of such mystery, that leaves so many unknowns for each and every new year which we enter into.

No to resolutions

I have mentioned this before, I do not do New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions are too firm, too punishing, too resolute!

Instead, I will set some goals..nothing too crazy, nothing set in stone, just a few attainable goals. At the very least, I‘ll start out with good intentions. I will make a plan, which will consist of different avenues, a sure-fire way to guarantee no disappointments!

This year will be no different, I will go forth, without resolutions, but I will go forth with good intentions...the very best of intentions.

As in years past, my plan will consist of different avenues, but this time, they will not be in place strictly for the prevention of disappointment, but rather with absolute intention.

  • Intention to reconnect with those I’ve lost touch with
  • To mend what needs mending
  • To be there for those who need me to be
  • To focus on those things which really matter

Most importantly, to never let a day come to an end, without thanking God for it.

I want those whom I love dearly to know it, not assume it and when my tomorrow never comes, they’ll know, without a doubt, that they were once loved very much!

Making time

I will not end this on a sad note.

I will always have great memories of my Aunt. She was only six years older than me, so she wasn’t the typical Aunt. We played together when we were young and had many things in common.

We shared a love of God, Country, family, sports and the great outdoors. She admired my Dad, as much as I do. I think she may have resented me, when I made my initial entry into this world, but she got over it.


I reminisced a little with my childhood friend today, as we brought up names and events from our past. We wondered about some, where are they today, have they had a good life? Who is retired, who never married? Of course we discussed some of the not so smart things we did as kids.

Too much time has passed, since we last spoke and that’s unfortunate. I can think of so many friends that I’ve lost touch with and I am not even sure why or when it happened.

We made a plan to get together with other friends that were a big part of our lives, especially during our middle school years.

We plan to do that very soon!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, may the future and the unknowns, be kind!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 A B Williams


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    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      18 months ago from Central Florida

      Shannon, focusing on blessings is a beautiful and rewarding thing!

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      18 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you Tim! You do not need to apologize, we all do our best to comment on articles of those we follow, but oftentimes we haven't the time or we've nothing to offer to the discussion. I certainly do not expect all to comment, every time.

      Thank you for your prayers, God Bless you and your family and.... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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      Shannon Henry 

      18 months ago from Texas

      It's okay to be sentimental. I am quite often. I just don't always show it very well even when I try to. So I'm actually glad you said that because I want you to know that I am sincere and it stands even when I don't show it very well or often enough.

      But as far as resolutions go, I never do them. As last year came to an end and this one begins, I've been focusing on my blessings and on being thankful for the inner growth I've experienced over the past couple of years. Thankful for friends like you and for people who encourage me and accept me just as I am now and hopefully as I continue to grow and change for the better.

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      Tim Truzy 

      18 months ago from U.S.A.

      I started reading expecting something different, Ab, but as always, you write from the heart--I knew I would not be disappointed and moved with compassion regardless. Such wise words: Mend what needs mending, even if it requires an extra mile. True.

      I send prayers for you and your family, Ab., and I will send up prayers for your friend. I promise to read and leave more comments in the future. That's easy to do because every article of yours is worth a visit. Please, accept my apologies, friend. You were one of the first people who commented on my work and encouraged me, Ab. And I know a good soul when we cross. God bless you.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      18 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi Paula, thank you very much!

      She was the last person I expected when I received the dreaded call from my parents. I feel for her immediate family the most.

      I hope that this article might spark a phone call or two.

      Happy New Year my friend!

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      18 months ago from Carson City

      Angie.....I'm glad I can print this and do not have to speak at the moment. Your message has brought me to the verge of breaking down. Too much sadness all at once. I am so so sorry for you and your family. Please know that I can truly relate to this kind of gut-wrenching tragedy.

      I am sending you my thoughts, sympathies and hugs. Please know you will find your strength, enough to share with your Dad and all those who are living this nightmare.

      All I can do is let you know I am here. Feel free to purge, share, or simply remain silent. I can feel your pain in any event.....Peace, Paula

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      18 months ago from Central Florida

      I seem to be extra sentimental right now, but it is not just me, I've noticed it with people that aren't typically the sentimental types. I've definitely noticed it on FB. Maybe it is all about it being a new decade, not just a new year? Not sure. But, it's nice!

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      Shannon Henry 

      18 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, Angie. I feel the same way.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      18 months ago from Central Florida

      Happy New Year Eric!

      Resolutions are for some, not for all, that's a fact. Too many set themselves up for failure.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My new years comes at a different time. My adoption date. I reckon I never got a date for Christmas or New years. Why would we declare those dates? Oh well we celebrate them.

      A change by resolution is good If we repent past transgressions. I cannot figure it out.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      18 months ago from Central Florida

      Happy New Year Shannon!

      Didn't mean to bring tears, but I thank you for your kind words. Although we've never met, I consider you my friend.'s 2020 Baby!!!

    • shanmarie profile image

      Shannon Henry 

      18 months ago from Texas

      Today, for me, was going to be just like any other day. You kind of changed that, though. Made me a little teary. You are so full of faith and hope. Don't ever change. Happy New Year!


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