It has taken me this entire month, but I finally had a light bulb moment about 2011. I have been digging deep trying to find the purpose as to why L and I have run into so many obstacles, why I don't have many good things to say about this year, why I just want this year to end, etc. The conclusion is that there is no concrete answer to any of it. Twelve months have passed, and this is what we have to show for it.
Then it dawned on me: perspective. I need to do a better job of putting it all in perspective. We are fortunate to have health insurance, and that it covered my surgery and various health-related hiccups we have faced in 2011. Insurance does not cover fertility treatments making us even more fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue them. We have a roof over our heads, clothing on our backs, nutritious food and clean water at our disposal. We have been given the chance to pursue our dreams. We are blessed. I am not trying to devalue my pain and suffering, or anyone else's for that matter. It is all relative. However, it has really helped me to change my perspective a little and remember to stay grateful.
With that said, my mom sent me this article called "16 Ways to Make an Incredible Impact with Less than $15" from Oprah.com awhile back. I bookmark'ed it for future reference. You don't have to have a lot of money or time in order to impact the lives of others.
I'm dedicating this post to being grateful and giving back.
Happy Holidays, everyone!