In Retrospect: 48

Posted By on August 30, 2009

Count Your Blessings Series 2 compressedI just finished my 48th year in this world, yesterday.  And today is the start of the 49th.  I thought I would look back on the year and see what lessons I can take from the last twelve months.  

It has been an uplifting and distressing year.  It has been marked with pain from two car accidents, awe that the USA would actually elect Barack Obama, sorrow for two families that lost their young children, disappointment that I gained almost 30 lbs, awe in watching my little boy compete and place in gymnastics, fear that I would have to endure surgery for my work induced carpal tunnel, reclusion as I worked at shredding the weight and running through the traffic accident’s pain, distress when the minister’s dogs did $1600 of damage to my car and he declined to pay for the repair, pride when my daughter performed in her first school musical, joy when I ran my 20th Bay to Breakers, Bolder Boulder, and finally my first ½ marathon in six years, distress seeing our dear friend struggle through physical issues that had befallen him, disappointment with those that I truly thought were my friends, thankfulness for my mother, family, and my real friends, and the realization that I must live this life with Intention.  That in a nutshell was my 48th year.

 And during my 48th year, I did four pieces in the span of a few weeks.  As I struggled through the year, I came to the realization that I needed to count my blessings.  When I started to do that, I started to realize that all I can do is stay focused on the goal and not get distracted by the obstacles.  I forget that from time to time this lesson.  But at the end of the day, this particular art piece reminds me that I am truly blessed.  It reminds me to do the best I can by living this life with true intention.  As my goal is to get on the bus to heaven, whenever that day comes, I need to focus on making my 49th year an intentional and good one.


4 Responses to “In Retrospect: 48”

  1. kelly says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Venita!!!!!!!

  2. Tracey says:

    Wow — what a year! It’s smart to take that look back. You are one of my blessings, missy! Happy Birthday!

  3. Geoia Reetz says:

    Wow Venita,
    You and I have had a simular year.
    However I too know that I am blessed and things are turning around for me and my loved ones as well.
    Happy Belated Birthday!
    I will give you a call in the next few days.

  4. Hi and a belated birthday to you, Venita! Thank you for taking the time to attend my opening. It was GREAT to see you, BUT frustrating to not visit with you after such a long absence in our communication. I see from this post that you have had some kind of amazingly difficult year. Hope the physical challenges are behind you. Sorry I wasn’t any help to you this year as I have been buried alive in my show and my work. I am only now seeing on your blog some of the intense issues you have faced. Don’t forget I would love to visit with you and your mother this fall, so please save me a dance on your dance card.

    All my best to you and your family, Laurie

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