Friday, 31 December 2010

A New Years Eve Reflection

When I look back at 2010 I look back as it being the best year of my life.

It's odd that a man can get to 37 years of age and be able to say that.

It wasn't the best year because of any financial acheivements, in fact in that respect the year has been somewhat of a rollercoaster particularly with being made redunandant at the start of it.

No, the reason that 2010 has been my best year has been because I have realised the value of putting hard work in to all aspects of my life.

After losing my job in March I was so fortunate to get to spend time looking after my family. If you will doing the chores of a housewife. I did the school run, cooked dinners and started doing more and more work in our community to name just a few things.

I took on a role in our local school governors, helped out at village litter picks and even completed a lifelong ambition of becoming involved in local politics.

I have loved every minute of it.

When I was lucky enough to get a post working for a local charity I realised even more the value of working your hardest for your family and community and how much fulfillment that can bring.

One particular thing springs to mind.

On a recent Christmas shopping trip to Leicester I found myself stood at the clocktower with a tear in my eye when a memory came to me about a similar visit to the city I had with my parents when I was about twelve years old.

I recalled how that year my father, who has long since passed away, had been on short time at work and how we had been to Leicester so I could choose my presents. I remember being exceptionally ungrateful because my parents had not spent their usual amount on me and in hindsight I did not appreciate how much they must have struggled.

However, when I had that memory I didn't look back with regret but fondness and a great deal of love for it came to me that with luck and hard work my children, who may not be the most appreciative now, will look back and realise how much their Mum and Dad love them and what they do for them.

The beautiful thing is that although 2010 has been my best year I am not worried what 2011 will bring and fully expect it to be even better.

Things may not always go right but I realise that with hard work, a sense of perspective and most importantly love and caring anyone can take control of what happens to them.

Happy New Year...

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