I feel incredibly grateful that I have gotten through 2012 relatively unscathed, with my future still ahead of me.
Given that December is my favorite month of the year when I take time to reflect on what I've accomplished in 2012, and I dream about what I want to accomplish in 2013, I decided to focus on this when a title popped into my head, and the title seemed perfect. I immediately thought, "Surely it's been done; after all, it ain't that original."
So, I referred to that most awesome source of information for writers of the 21st century: Google. And I found the most wonderful song and video written and performed by Slim Dusty, an Australian singer-songwriter I'd never heard of. Nothing expresses a sentiment better than a great lyric and melody.
I shed some tears as I watched an Old Slim Dusty singing "Looking Forward, Looking Back" and reflecting on his life. (Slim Dusty died in 2003 at age 76 after a career in music that spanned nearly seven decades). Again, I was filled with gratitude that I have great friends, a supportive "spousal equivalent", loving sisters, brothers, nieces, and cousins, sweet dogs, enough money to get by, and good health.
As the Connecticut rampage reminds us, we never know how much time we'll get to live on this earth, and I'm blessed to be one of the fortunate people alive in her fifties, looking forward to another day.
Here's the sweet and simple song/video: