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© Joan Currie

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

In several Christmas cards this season, I received beautifully-crafted letters depicting the phenomenal year of accomplishments the senders had enjoyed, that included exotic travels, impressive job promotions, second marriages, massive home renovations, and elite athletic pursuits.

After reading the letters, I must admit I was a bit dismayed that my life did not seem as exciting or fun-packed as those featured in the missives. So, after Christmas I sat in my favorite coffee shop and wrote a mock brag letter of my own detailing all that my family members had accomplished this year. I was truly surprised, delighted, and grateful at what I saw on the page before me! I recommend this exercise and I plan to share my findings with my nearest and dearest as we sign off on 2010.