For several days I’ve been thinking about today’s blog post. In my mind – and while doing other things, actually – it grew to more than a thousand words or so. Now I’ve got exactly one hour free time till a 2 kg piece of pork shoulder has to go into the oven, and I find myself lost for words.
Last week’s on-line poll of The Times of Malta asked its readers whether they’d expect 2007 to be a better year then 2006. Without even blinking I immediately replied “yes” – and wholeheartedly so. But then I considered this year on the whole and had to admit that it’s not fair – or even correct – to label 2006 as such a bad year. And it certainly wasn’t just a year like any other either. These past twelve months plenty of good things came to me and should have made 2006 a rather special year to me!
In no particular order of importance, these are a few of those blessings in 2006, which I must be – and am – grateful for:
- My book made it into print. I was over the moon about the accomplishment as such – and then about the fact that it was actually bought by quite a few people.
- And the achievement of publishing my novel would never have occurred without my husband’s support, of which he’s always giving me more than I deserve!
- One of the most popular “glossies”, the First magazine, published several articles written by me. (Thank you Marie!)
- A whole summer season was entirely at my disposal. I was free to do anything I wanted to do, without the “emergency” mobile calls at night or on weekends that used to wreck my nerves for so many summers.
- Last but definitely not least… My very good friends, who are scattered all over the world as well as in Gozo.
If I gave it a bit more thought, I’d come up with more, I’m sure. But my hour is almost up, so I have to leave it at that.
My conclusion is that my reply to the Times poll wasn’t quite honest – even though it was what I perceived at that moment. I had no intention of making resolutions for the coming year. No, not even that of quitting smoking (it doesn’t work that way, anyway)!! I’ve changed my mind, though (nooo, not about quitting smoking!). I resolve to count my blessings in the future, before falling into tirades of how bad I have it! (And if I go astray, please do remind me of that!)
Well, it’s time to heat the oven. A Happy New Year to all!