I started this blog one year ago on my birthday and pledged to write it for one year. Now that the year is up, I find myself both relieved and proud that I did it but also somewhat reluctant to see it end. I so enjoyed the dialogue about things and people I featured and I especially appreciated the opportunity to highlight some unsung heroes, like the folks who quietly go about their day and don’t even know how special they are and how much better they make the world.
I write this final blog entry with my conviction intact that there is more good than bad in the world. I have sometimes battled technology and scheduling conflicts but I have never run out of material. I meet people every day, all over this country, who are inspiring in myriad ways. I am so honored to have shared so many of their stories with you, and to have shone a light on some of the people and things that bring me joy.
I do not want to imply that life is all rainbows and puppies. I have also written about loss and hardship in the past year, and some of the people I featured in this blog have since died. There are some things we cannot sugarcoat or spin into a positive. But I do think that we can find comfort and hope in the strength of our memories and in the way we honor those we lost. And we can find pride and strength in how we respond to life’s curveballs. It is during these hard times that I appreciate the good all the more.
I remain deeply grateful for all the joy in my own life and world. I treasure my family and friends and I have loved being able to articulate why they are so special to me over the past year. I am so encouraged and gratified by all of the good that surrounds us, and I hope that many of you will have a similar takeaway from this blog. Find the positives (with the understanding that some days require more active searching than others) and celebrate them. I also hope folks will keep the faith in dark times and know that good people are doing good things. Most of all, keep finding your own ways of throwing some good karma out into the universe. I won’t be blogging about it, but I will definitely be cheering you on.