This is probably a bad day to have such a question posed in my direction but I'm going to be honest and go with my gut.
December 24 - Everything's OK. What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead? (Author: Kate Inglis):
Is everything really going to be okay? Today, I am very doubtful. I am overwhelmed and stressed out by all of my past and upcoming financial obligations. Is it because it is Christmas Eve and Scrooge has taken over my body? Is my humbug attitude just an innate characteristic or a persona I embrace to reinforce my misery? Boy, I better shake this off quick. It has become so hard to conjure up some joy and anticipation for the holiday. I really just look forward to January 1st when all of the previous year is safely in the past and I am issued a fresh slate by the new calendar. I have yet another chance to make good on the promises I made to myself. I have another year of creating dreams that I get one whole entire year to achieve.
Okay, back to the prompt...there are two best moments that come to mind that serve as proof that everything is going to be alright.
The first moment is watching my oldest son, Justin, graduate from high school. Tears of joy and pride streamed simultaneously down my cheeks that June day. I was comforted by the feeling that he made it through the first phase of his life and was transitioning to the next phase of independence, adulthood, and decision-making. I felt confident that, as parents, my husband and I gave him all of the tools needed to prepare him and to shape his future.
The second moment that proved everything is going to be alright was when Nicolas, my youngest son, secured a two-year exclusive contract with a talent agent. Again, the feelings of joy and pride, made me so elated and left me with the belief that humans can achieve anything they set their mind to. This accomplishment confirmed that what I saw in my son all of these years was visible to others as well.
The discovery and relative confirmation that I am a decent parent, with wonderful kids, and a keen intuition boosted my confidence such that I am better prepared to take on the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2011. When times get tough in 2011, and they will, I will have the sense to recall the vivid memories and sense of pride that 2010 gave me in a nicely wrapped box with a fancy bow.