It has been a year of saying goodbye to friends too soon - most recently Neil Matthews, a classic, old-school gentleman and beloved Island musician who left us only yesterday. But these goodbyes have also served as a reminder of what is truly important in my life. Our journey is short and very precious. Don't spend it worrying about "what ifs". When a change needs to be made, make it and move forward. Don't spend your life wishing it could be different. Treasure your friends and family - and be sure to let them know how much they mean to you.
It has also been a year of hope. The pink hats and "Me Too" movement clearly show us that while, on the surface, equality for all races and genders appears to have made progress, much work still needs to be done. The hope springs from the fact that so many people are willing to stand up, step forward and bond together to create a better world.
It has been a year of thankfulness. The studio was abuzz with visitors from near and far. I've had such fun sharing the love of knitting and the passion for wonderful, local wool. I've met the most delightful people. It has truly been an honour to weave the MacEachern tartan for so many - and to hear their stories of what the tartan means to them and their memories of family past and present.
A friend shared some words of wisdom today that really struck a chord with me. I'd like to share them with you.
You are holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you and you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? You answer, "Well because someone bumped into me, of course!" Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.
Whatever is inside of your cup is what will spill out.
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled.
So we have to ask ourselves, “What's in my cup?" When life gets tough, what spills over? Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility? Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions? You choose!
As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome the new beginnings of 2018, I wish you joy, good health, love, peace and prosperity. I wish you the wealth of life.