I have had a very long year, but one that has also gone by so quickly. I am so blessed, in so many ways, and while I am not immune from a pity pot, I never want to lose sight of all that is good in my world.

Yes, I’ve had some big changes in my personal life, yet nothing has prevented me from going to work every day, showing up as a mother, participating as a Girl Scout Leader, being present for my family and friends, or giving back to others who might not be as fortunate as I.

I know a lot of people out there are hurting every day: financially, emotionally, and spiritually. I sat in conversation with a woman last night who told me how she saved, a dollar at a time, here and there, $70 to purchase a Christmas gift for her 16-year old son. I have close family and friends battling illness, unemployment, and economic uncertainty. While I too feel worried about today’s economy, and have concerns for my personal financial security and that of my children, I have to turn to my blessings:

  • My children are healthy
  • My home is warm
  • My heart is filled with love
  • I have an abundance of friends, family and colleagues

May the season be filled with love, joy and peace for you and yours. May your New Year bring about new beginnings, new hope and new happiness.

Happy holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.

Heather Morse-Milligan