Dear Honey Run Friends,
As I write this on the first day of the new year, I am uplifted with the bright sunshine that is illuminating the unseasonably warm day. What a great way to usher in 2017. There is something about a sunny day that lifts my spirits. As I reflect on the challenges we faced this year at The Inn at Honey Run, I am reminded of how great life is and all that I am thankful for experiencing.
As each year passes and I age, it is becoming more clear to me “how quickly the years pass.” In my youth, this phrase seemed to make sense, but it did not hold meaning to me. Well, I must have crossed that line in life, because today that phrase hits me on an emotional level. I found myself thinking the other day about how many more New Year’s celebrations I will be blessed to experience. I started to calculate my expected life age and subtract it from this year, and the number was alarmingly short. This realization awakened me to the fact that I need to make each year, no, each day, no, each moment count. We are not promised tomorrow.
This was compounded when I was checking out a guest this week, and the gentleman, here celebrating his 49th wedding anniversary with his bride who is currently fighting brain cancer, became emotional and started to cry at the front desk. You could see in his tears the joy of the past 49 years with this woman, as well as tears of fear of the idea that he may soon lose her in this life. While the pain of losing her may be unbearable, this time of year requires us to remember all that we have had. This couple has enjoyed 17,885 mornings of waking up next to each other. I am sure that not every morning has been a dream, but I am positive more have been good.
Make the conscious effort today that each day going forward for the rest of your life, you will see the joy that is before you. Focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t. Life is not perfect, but it is good. I see a number of you here enjoying time together and appreciating the natural beauty of our resort. My prayer for all of you this year is that you are able to take time to experience the moment you are in, and make a memory that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Happy New Year!