As some of you know, I attempted the 365 Project this year - with dismal results. I did fairly well through mid-June, but then I essentially gave up due to life's circumstances. A few years ago I would have viewed this as a failure, but this year I just view it as a temporary set-back.
I plan to try the 365 project again this year and I am looking forward to the challenge - and the discipline. In anticipation of this new endeavor, I decided to take a final photo of 2012 - and it is quite a fitting summation of the year.
2012 began as a year filled with hope, but it quickly became a year of unsettling disappointment. The wedding proposal did not manifest itself into a December wedding as planned - and the emotional turmoil this caused for everyone was nearly unbearable. At the time the relationship was disintegrating, mid-June, Brynn accidentally dropped the globe and it shattered. Fortunately no one was cut in the incident .. but the magical globe lost its enchantment.
But six months later I look at this broken ornament and still see beauty. I see a vision of a parade that I will one day visit - and I see magic in the romantic event that brought it into my life. I also see wonder in the face of a toddler and I cherish the memories that are contained within its broken shell. The couple is still together - and there is hope that they will one day become husband and wife. What was once a broken and useless object has now become a symbol of hope rising from the depths of disaster.
Here's to a joyful and peaceful and hopeful New Year.