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December 30, 2013

Lisa Madras: Taking time to reflect on a year of growth

NEW CASTLE —

Another year is coming to a close, and those of you who know me know that I can't resist a good year-end wrap-up, as trite as it may seem.  I'm a huge fan of retrospection, and as long as you don't cross the line into wallowing in the past, it can be a significant learning tool for moving forward.
 
We've asked ourselves a lot of questions this year, and I hope that like me, you've really thought about some of them, and used them to learn more about yourself and perhaps even guide yourself out of a dilemma or two.
 
I feel like I have a little advantage in that I HAVE to answer the questions, what with it being my job and all.  I'm nothing if not human after all, and I do like to eat and pay the mortgage.  So how lucky of a thing is this for me, that I get to earn a living and make myself a better person all at the same time?  I complain a lot, but once I get past the surface rubble, I realize that I'm very fortunate indeed.
 
This past year was one of incredible growth for me.  It was certainly one of the most miserable physically, as I've been battling health issues that brought with them pain beyond my scope of tolerance and a loss of the vitality I'd become used to.  But like every battle, this one came with a lesson, too-- take nothing for granted.
 
Throughout the year, even though it was a difficult one, I also managed to leave a toxic relationship, go back to school, and get my house looking like a Good Housekeeping photo op.  Okay, I'm lying about the whole clean house thing, but the lesson here is priorities.  Nobody can do it all, and sometimes you have to let things go in order to get better things.

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