The best and worst of 2011
Christmas was barely done when the media began rating 2011. Best movie of 2011, best health news of 2011, best business moment, best style trend … you name it, there’s a list. This was pretty much what inspired my survey this week – the one I post every Tuesday on my Facebook page. “My 2011?” it read. “I’d give it a 9 out of 10. SPEEDY BD SURVEY #85 asks, how about you? What’s your rating for 2011?”
I posted it, as always, shortly before six am, and, as always, within minutes the first responses came in. The very first one gave me pause. “Bad year for me. #3,” it said, and of the initial six, two others were as low.
Reading them, I felt like an insensitive clod. Oh yes, I’ve had bad moments this year. But compared to so many other Americans – so many others globally – I am very lucky.
I considered deleting the survey.
Rather than do that, though, I offer this blog to explain why I gave 2011 a 9. Those bad moments this year for me? They run the gamut from health to family to writing, but I can’t dwell on them. S**t happens. But the good of 2011 is way more important to me. A new grandchild, a new book, a new publisher – special times with friends, special times with family – a meeting last June with the UPLIFT fellows, a fabulous breast cancer event in Houston, great knitting – I could go on, but you get the point.
Bottom line? I gave 2011 a 9 because I need to see the glass as half full. It’s been like this for me since I was eight, when my mother died. Though I was too young to analyze it at the time, as I grew I realized that her death was an opportunity for me to become independent and self-sufficient, which is probably why I dared to write my very first book, and you know the outcome of that.
Opportunity. That word is something of a credo for me. I believe that even when the worst happens, there has to be a silver lining. So for those of you whose 2011s were lousy, please look for that silver lining in 2012. And know how deeply I treasure your readership and how fervently I’ll be cheering you on.
To all of you, I wish the very, very best 2012!