I just returned from a much-needed jaunt away from the city. In order to relax, renew my spirit, and luxuriate in the warmth of my surroundings, I took a quick ride up I-76 to Kearney, Nebraska. And while most people don't envision Nebraska as being rejuvenating or warm, being surrounded by laughter, family, and love is exactly how I wanted to end 2012.
Because, wow, this has been a year of ups and downs. I've never been one to dwell on the downs. Ever. But with the devastating and tragic horrors that happened in my own state of Colorado and throughout the US, this holiday season felt different.
Oh, I went about my Christmas tasks and rituals as usual, but my heart often just wasn't in it. As I decorated my house with sparkles, shopped in fancy malls, and wrapped presents in beautiful paper and shiny bows, I couldn't help thinking about the many people whose lives were changed forever during this year. I felt sad . . . and guilty.
I felt that way most of the time leading up to Christmas, right up until . . .
I was packing up presents to send to Nebraska . . . filling boxes and shopping bags to the brim . . . and my eyes saw this
I had been in and out of Macy's lots of times during this holiday shopping season and loaded my car with many of these shopping bags.
I had walked through Macy's decorated aisles and surely must have seen the beauty around me.
But it wasn't until that moment that my heart felt the message.
"a million reasons to Believe."
LOVE . . .
The years will always be filled with ups and downs--that's what makes life rich.
But there will always be reasons to believe--millions of them--and that's what makes life amazing!
Happy 2013, everyone!