I’ve always thought of this road of mine as “ours” rather than just mine, and by that I mean all of you with me. Having you with me has made all of the tribulations easier to manage, easier to handle. And every time I snag Mario to hold her, I’m thinking of you, too.
The message of my blog has always been one of optimism. Hope. And after a minute of pity (yes, I confess, I did feel awful for a good couple of days) I was reminded by the teddy bears off to my side that are about to be boxed and shipped, that determination has always been a strong point of mine. I’m not a quitter. We don’t quit, we don’t give up on hope.
Life has challenges. And we’ve all certainly seen our fair share and will probably see more. And are these the tests that determine our worth? I think so. We push forward. We catalog these moments of harshness and wrap them in hope. We don’t let them destroy us, we allow them to fill us with the ambitions and desires to overcome, move forward, find out what really makes us.
I know the IRS situation can be tamed, can be handled, despite them having decimated me financially, but that will be conquered. Just as every other disaster that has come my way, I’ll handle it, beat it, move forward. And I often try to remind that this has always been “our” journey. And why? Because we truly do have each other.
I know that many of you have become my friends, my family. But, many of you have learned to know each other, join forces with each other, hold each other in hard times thanks to this blog and the good people that come here to share. Because this blog has always been about hope. You come here to be reminded that you CAN move through the trials of life and know that you are not alone. You come here to share with me and all else who read that life’s degrees of separation are not measured in the number of people, but the common thread those people hold. And here? The common thread is hope.
I, personally, could not ask for a better life line than hope. I could not ask for better company than yours in my good times and bad. So, I thank you all for being here (not for) but WITH me. I thank you all so much for being the presence that allowed me a life. Who knows what would have happened to me had I not had you from the beginning.
We’re going to be fine. We’ll get through this, work through this, and come out thriving and so much stronger than before.
And do you know why? Because we have hope.
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