Sheila @ Book Journey is again doing her One Word for the year.
I thought I’d join her again.
2015 was the most horrible, hardest year of my life. I lost my husband of 27 years, and my baby dog Patches who I’d had for 18 years. Every day is a struggle to get through mentally and emotionally. Yes, it’s finally easier to keep it together in front of people, but I still do occasionally lose it. And when I’m alone there is no stopping the overwhelming feeling of loss that I still feel. I’ve used more tissues in the last year than I had my entire life before I lost my husband.
Sometimes we take the people we love for granted. We get busy with our own lives and don’t spent the time we should with them. I cherish the time I had with my husband and Patches. I was with them both pretty much 24/7 and I feel so Blessed to have had that time with them. The feeling of losing a spouse is so hard to fathom unless you too have had that loss. And the loss of a pet, while not as excruciating, is still very hard.
For 2016 I chose the word Cherish.
1a : to hold dear : feel or show affection for
1b : to keep or cultivate with care and affection
2: to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely
I chose this word because there is healing in it.
I will own this word by moving from a place of sadness over the loss of my husband (and Patches) to a place of healing by remembering the many years we had together and the happy times. Also, by never taking my family (and friends) for granted, and by spending as much time with them as I can.
Cherish your memories with those who are no longer with us, and cherish the time you have with your loved ones who are still here.
2015 was a hard year for many of my fellow bloggers too. Many of us lost loved ones, more than I can ever remember from previous years. I pray 2016 is a much better year for us all.
I’d love to know what word you would choose for 2016.