To my Tumblr friends and curious passers by- I present the rejected version of our family Christmas letter this year! Because, danggit somebody should be able to read it! :)
Oh how much and how little a year can bring change,
The concept of time is a notion so strange.
The year goes by fast, and the days go by slow,
And life never unfolds how you thought it would go.
In some ways, the divergence from plan brings much good-
Allowing growth from overcoming more than you thought you could.
Adventures surprise you when they knock at your door
And you make memories unlike anything you’ve known before.
Yet sometimes life’s changes in plan leave you gloomy-
You question “Why am I here? How could this happen to me?”
We’re never as special as we hoped that we’d be.
Most will leave no impression and live in anonymity.
It’s only in realizing how small we are
That we can be free to feel true joy in our hearts.
Instead of reciting a laundry list of selfish prayers
Be the one who, not for himself, but for others truly cares.
When you stop wishing for your castle in the sky
You can start to be the change others need in their lives.
You’ll seldom hear “thanks” and love is oft not returned,
You won’t receive friendships and praises you feel you’ve earned.
But with true selfless love and your life as it’s proof-
Comes the best of all gifts- knowing and living your truth.
For when what you say, believe, and do are all one-
Your life filled with meaning and joy has begun.
Friends and family,
As we reflect on this year gone by we are confronted with ups and downs. With joys and with hardships. We have been so blessed this year- new adventures brought us beyond our doorstep and indelibly etched new memories into our hearts. We are blessed to have spent time with incredible family and friends- sharing in the familial bond that comes not from blood, but from sharing in life together and real, unconditional love and friendship. And the simplest, yet greatest of blessings, for 365 days, we woke up each morning with breath in our lungs and the opportunity to experience another day. The year has also brought challenges- but upon closer examination we’ve come to realize most hardships and sadnesses stem from entitled expectations. We somehow feel we “deserve” good health, the life we’ve dreamed of, more time with the ones we love, and so on. It seems we cannot be uninhibitedly joyful until we stop telling ourselves we “deserve” better and start appreciating all life brings us as a gift given freely. That is why this year we will make only one resolution- to be who we are. Invest our time in the way we believe we are called to live and live to be the best “me” in any given moment, not just wait for the moments to pass before starting to live life fully. We hope to give to you this upcoming year not empty words but true, intentional, daily relationships so life doesn’t have to be about voyeuristically comparing whose grass is greenest, but living together thankful that we may have any grass at all.
Merry Christmas and May the New Year bring a season of joy and light in your life!