(This post should have gone up at the end of 2018, but better late than never, right?)
Yes, it’s that time of year again when we look back at the year slipping out of sight in our rearview mirror, and view the approaching year with – hopefully – optimism.
Last year we wrote an end-of-year post entitled Moving forward into the New Year. In it, we decided we would measure, in a tangible way, the frequency of our good and bad days by putting one dime in one of two jars. The bad days couldn’t be run-of-the-mill bad days – like losing keys, the car not starting or falling down on your a-s and looking like an idiot while trying to take a photograph. (True story.) They had to be bad days specifically connected to our divorce/ex-husbands/feelings of loss and/or failure.
Very quickly, we discovered that we were running out of dimes for our ‘good’ days, so we decided to put dimes in the jars only on our bad days. And for me personally, although my ex remains inside my head much more than I would like, I was pleasantly surprised to realise I only had eight dimes in my bad day jar. Some of those days were really bad days. One involved a visit to my doctor where I just cried my eyes out. But he was great. He’s suffered loss himself and advised me that it’s not wrong to grieve. We only grieve when we lose things that matter. And my marriage mattered – to me. The way my husband left me, says everything about him and nothing about me.
Would there have been only eight dimes in the first two years after my husband left me? Absolutely not. The jar would have been full to overflowing – and it’s not an exercise we would recommend until you are well into the healing process. DO NOT DO THIS WHILE YOU ARE FEELING FRAGILE AND LOST.
I can’t promise that there won’t be more than eight dimes next year. 2018 was a really good – and busy – year for me, with lots of travelling and the birth of a granddaughter to fill my life with joy. But looking at those eight dimes laid out on the table in front of me, offers reassurance that I am healing. That I am getting back on my feet. That life is worth living.
May 2019 bring us all blessings and peace.
Happy New Year.