Today is the last day of 2011. Can you believe it? Each year, no matter how the individual days drag, each year seems to go by faster and faster. Today we, Camillo and I, reflect; reflect on the good and the bad of this past year. I know many friends and family that look back on the old year after passing over into the new. To me you are taking a big chance by doing this, taking a chance of dragging negative Karma into the new year. I like to reflect on the old while in the old and enter the new ready for it to be better, grander, luckier, shinier, NEW.
For the past week I have been going back through ‘Flowers’ reading post I’ve written this year and last. I especially like to read the comments and to remember friends I have made through blogging. This process helps me to remember little and big things that have happened this year, to make note of changes, taking a moment to grieve and to celebrate and to put it all behind.
While I go through the emotional review, Camillo spends hours, days, I don’t know maybe even weeks, putting together a 6 or 7 page spreadsheet: linking categories, pages, columns, color coding, adding up all the ways that this year has exceeded or come in under budget. We came in under in the eating out category, and over in costs of maintaining the house in Friburgo AND the apartment in Rio. Of course, the ‘exceeds’ out number the ‘comes in under’ and on the bottom line we are only R$40K over income. In his over the top, optimistic view of the world, he doesn’t seem to be fazed by this number, and I am just happy that I didn’t hear about it tomorrow. I can put it behind me starting today.
Now, after all this reflecting and reviewing, I am ready to don a pretty blouse and dig around for some underused jewelry and to go out and have dinner at a friend’s house within the condominium, drink some toasts to “out with old” and “in with the new” come home safe, and sleep knowing next year will be brighter and NEWER.
Y’all have a great and safe New Year’s Eve. See you back here for a new year of thoughts and ideas. Hugs and kisses from Brasil.