How Do You Measure a Year?

Five hundred twenty-five thousand, Six hundred minutes, Five hundred twenty-five thousand, Moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand, Six hundred minutes, How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, In cups of coffee, In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty-five thousand, Six hundred minutes, How do you measure a year in the life?

How about love?  Measure in love, Seasons of love
Five hundred twenty-five thousand, Six hundred minutes
Journeys to plan, How do you measure the life, Of a woman or a man?

In truths that she learned, Or in times that he cried, In bridges he burned, Or the way that she died
It’s time now to sing out, Tho’ the story never ends
Let’s celebrate, Remember a year in the life of friends

Remember the love, Seasons of love , You measure in love.

from Rent, the musical

In just a few hours,  I will measure a year.  Sometimes it felt like it was flying by, while other times it felt long and drawn out.  So many things happened and there was change.  There were personal things like going blonde, losing a few pounds, turning 40 and settling some affairs.  There were life choices like avoiding negative energy and hateful attitudes.  Concentrating on gratitude and not trying so hard to please everyone around me was key to it being successful.

The children have grown like weeds.  A friend lived, another one died, some have lost their jobs and some have brought new beautiful humans into the world.  Some have gone on life changing missions, and some have barely left the couch.

How do I measure this year?  My marriage survived distance, stress, war and worry, yet it is stronger than ever.  Somehow an even deeper love has evolved between us that I’m not able to explain.  We stayed connected, communicated, and I doubt we will ever take time together as a family for granted.

This year was truly a season of love.  Those that supported us, I am forever in your debt and blessed with your love.

Thank you.

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