In 2015, I Learned…

In 2015 I learned…that I, even I…have limits. I learned that You. Cannot. Do. All. The. Things. Most important of all, in 2015 I learned to rejoice in that which I can do…to revel in the possible…while still striving to do just a bit more. 

In 2015 I learned a valuable lesson about forgiveness. When we forgive, it sets us free…even when the other party chooses neither to acknowledge nor to accept our forgiveness. I’m sure you’ve heard the story about how holding a grudge against someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die? Forgiveness is the antidote. It isn’t easy to do…but it’s worth doing.

Mind you, 2015 was a very difficult year. Two family members died. Others experienced some serious illnesses…and struggles with addiction…and more. It was learning the lessons I mentioned previously that gave me the strength to endure the trials while appreciating the small joys along the way…and one of the greatest of those small joys is the birth of my newest great-niece: 

Miss Rebecca Jervoise Alexander

This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday prompt…hosted by the amazing Kristi Rieger Campbell of Finding Ninee.

11 thoughts on “In 2015, I Learned…

  1. In 2015, forgiveness is also something I learned more about. I love sharing that connection with someone. Now 2016 will be the year I realize I can't do everything. I started learning that last fall, but I like to learn my lessons 5 or 6 times just to make sure I get it right.

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  2. Have to say I'd not heard that heard the story about how holding a grudge against someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Love your antidote: Forgiveness. And little Miss Rebecca? She's adorable. Is she tucked into a Christmas stocking in the photo?

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  3. She is, Kel…she was about 6.5lbs at birth! She still is tiny…and totally a keeper. Yeah, the poison analogy is a great one, isn't it? Forgiving is hard but once you make that decision…wow, freedom is SO MUCH BETTER!!!

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  4. Lisa Sadikman and Kenya Johnson, thank you for your comments. I think that I write what I write because I need to remember it more than anyone else…and at the ripe old age of 57, I am finally figuring this kind of stuff out. It is never too late to learn!

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