It’s been a heck of a year…it seems the general zeitgeist these days is to say goodbye to a long and, for many, challenging year and welcome 2017 with new hope. For me, this has been one of the most profound years of my life. And, while I am happy to ring in a new year, I am equally grateful for the lessons of 2016.
This afternoon, I took Sadie for a walk on the beach. Through the overcast day, both Sadie and I took the time to reflect on what this year has meant to us. Sadie’s year was filled with transition and turmoil, but also play and joy. She wins the prize for resilience in the Geller family – she was often displaced, sometimes cared for by semi-strangers and tasked with being a caregiver, providing comfort to many when most needed. She’s still learning her boundaries, but she is one kind and loving pup!
As for me, 2016 taught me many lessons, but most importantly, the year taught me about love. I recall a post I wrote in June – “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.” Tears still come to my eyes when I think about what I was facing in that moment – I felt so alive, but, at the same time, I felt myself fading away. I was confronting an uncertainty that I was convinced no one could understand. And, while they probably did not completely comprehend my experience (I’m not sure I even did), they didn’t hesitate to show me how much they cared for me. My family, my friends and my medical team all had my back. A dance with Corey, a burger at Wahlburgers (and a hope to run into at least one Wahlberg!) with Ursula, a trip to Nordstrom with Mom, a walk with Sadie, a political talk with Dad, an afternoon with Adam, and many other moments kept me in the game. Though modern medicine came to the rescue, I am convinced that the love of the people in my life pulled me through.
So, yes, it’s been a heck of a year, but in 2016, I was brought back to life and, in 2017, I’ll keep on living.
December 31, 2016 at 10:31 pm
Lisa. This is a beautiful piece and reminds of what a wonderful writer you are. I look forwArd to 2017 with hopes you will have NEW topics to peruse
Here’s to a new year. Thank you for teaching us how precious every moment and kind gesture can be
Love Liz. For all the Berks
Sent from my 📲
January 2, 2017 at 8:15 am
I am so happy for you! 2017 will be great!!
January 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm
Dear Lisa, by chance I called your Mom yesterday and we had a fabulous talk. Even though we don’t see each other too much it’s like we never skip a beat. Your Mom is amazing in so many ways. She a dynamite friend and one fantastic caring & loving Mom. OK – onto YOU young lady. I am sooooo proud of you, your resilience, your drive, your attitude going through the “hell” you have been going through is incompressible! Lisa your writing skills, along with your ever so many talents, is still one talent you should yet to explore. I would love to read a book composed by you. I love you. I pray for you and I believe your will conquer ! Here’s to 2017 Lisa Geller!
Love and constant prayers — Maureen & Phil