As the end of the year draws closer, I’ve been reflecting on how things went with my resolution of gratitude for the empty spaces left behind after clearing away mental garbage. Even if those spaces hadn’t yet filled up with healthy positive energy, they were still an improvement over stagnant feelings of anger and fear; and I resolved that this year, I would appreciate them as such.

Although I never did wake up one morning to find myself unexpectedly bubbling over with fresh enthusiasm and feeling like a completely new person—or anything nearly that dramatic—there were subtler shifts as the year went on. Those old subconscious dramas slowly faded away, no longer appearing to be present-day obstacles. In their place came quiet confidence and trust in a stronger future; and then, after a while, problems started to feel as if their solutions always had been there.

Word-art showing Dorothy's feet with the quote "You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself." -Glinda, Wizard of Oz

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  1. Those are beautiful thoughts Meg! Our mind needs space to sort out the important stuff, and give the right weight to things. Love the quote too!

  2. I can relate. Sometimes the solutions present themselves quietly and we have to look for them to find them, at other times solutions can come fast and furious… almost hitting us in the face 🙂

  3. Beautiful post, Meg! Those small changes indicate the truth of “one step at a time”!
    May the remainder of your year be blessed!

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