A New Year With New Unknowns
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!
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!
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© 2019 A B Williams