posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 02:10 PM
Hello all my friends.
I have made a habit of posting these threads every year. For the last several, I have posted threads bemoaning how Christmas has changed, or how slim
it will be this year... but this year is different.
As I stroll down memory lane again, as I typically do this time of year, I see a year of changes... I have had doors open, second (third, fourth,
fifth... I lose count) chances... I have seen good with the bad, and have a renewed hope in my spirit. The next stage of my projects is open to me
now; I have a patent agent working with me. Christmas is not only covered financially, but possibly will open a business door as well. I lost my
daughter this year, the most precious thing in my life, then realized that I had instead gained a son-in-law. She is now a true adult, making her own
way and decisions... but still my little girl inside. I have watched my son bloom from a child to a man, planning the path his life will take and
excelling at everything he tries. I have a chance to change what possibly is the single largest regret of my life: the lack of completion of a college
degree. The state is allowing me the opportunity to complete my degree, albeit in computer science instead of engineering.
But the greatest gift I have received on this earth comes from those people who constantly remind me that I am more than just another redneck... more
than I have been... more than I tend to be. They have given and continue to give me that most precious gift of all among man, the one which can hold
no price and no measurable value, cannot be bought and sold, a gift that is always the right size, the right color, the right fit... hope.
I know this year, like all previous years, many people are hurting right now. The economy is in a shambles. But I tell you now, as someone who has
finally learned a lesson being taught, there is still hope. There is still happiness ahead. There is still joy. They reside inside you, ready to
spring forth as soon as you let them.
And of course, I cannot post this without mentioning the Reason for not just the season, but the One who also placed that hope, joy, and happiness
where it belongs. Thank you Jesus, for all you have done for me and all you will do. May I someday be worthy of Your gifts.
Merry Christmas ATS, and may 2011 bring every member, no, every human on the planet nothing but good.