My sister and I were talking yesterday, we were reflecting on the past year and all that we have had to deal with. My nephew had made the comment to her that he is so ready to get this year over with!
When she told me that my first instinct was to say,”OH YES” and “AMEN!” I knew what he meant. Not only has my family had to deal with trauma, but my dear niece is fighting a hard battle as well. My Mom also has been fighting with health issues. Yes, bring on 2017, it has to be better, right?
Later that night, as I was reflecting on the past year, moments were coming to my mind that had brightened my year. Moments that had made me smile, laugh and feel loved. I feel that sometimes we need the dark times to make us so much more aware of the bright times.
Firefly’s are hard to see when they are not lit up, but when they do light up they are nice and bright.When all is dark it can be very hard to find that smile or feel the joy, but sometimes all it takes is 1 simple moment to make you light up inside. It may be a simple text, email or call, a inspiring blog post, or comment that makes you smile. Visits with family. Perhaps a lunch out with a friend, a card in the mail, or the extra strong hug that says what words can not. The moments may also come from laughter brought your way, the best natural stress reliever there is. The warmth that spreads in your heart from these kind gestures can’t be bought! These firefly moments are precious, and I have been so fortunate to have been the recipient of all these gestures.
I reflect on the year, and like my nephew I do hope for 2017 to have not quite as much drama please. In the meantime I have many things to be thankful for. Many firefly moments that have been in this year and have come together to brighten my heart. To give me strength to go on. Come together to light up more than just a moment, but many moments. Many moments that have lit up the dark as they cast their glow.
Thank you for being my firefly!