All Roads Out Of Hell Lead Home—Shannon L. Alder
The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul. –G.K.Chesterton
It’s no surprise that I’ve been quite insane the past few years.
I mean, loony bin- Sylvia Plath insane, cry out to God- ridiculously insane, the kind of insane where you have one foot stuck on earth and the other foot stuck in triple hell.
If you haven’t experienced this, clearly, you haven’t lost your soul-mate.
But I’m not writing these words to whine or weep or try to make you feel bad for my sorry ass.
What I’m trying to articulate is even though I’ve been thru Hell, I’ve come out the other side (sort of), witnessed glimmers of light, and felt the warm sun bleed upon my face.
I find this extraordinary, miraculous, astonishing. Seriously.
You know, that one can return “Home” after that kind of suffering and pain.
This is a post about what has thrilled, encouraged, and helped me move forward in 2014.
Sometimes we find joy in the most unexpected, beautiful places.
Anyhow, here are some of my favorite things of 2014….
****My mommy, Saint Shirley, found the recipe for our childhood fudge. Biting into it was like biting into my beautiful, carefree childhood.
****My beloved book of 2014 was “WILD.” I listened to the audio while walking on the railroad tracks near our house. When I think of WILD, I smell iron and lily of the valley and summer and new beginnings.
****Downton Abbey’s characters soaked into my bones and blood. No other series compares to this delectable delight. I’m addicted.
****I am madly & deeply in love with Ed Sheeran. I’ve played this song over and over and over…. Thinking Out Loud
****I FINALLY received a RED purse from my sweet boys, whom I LOVE: Andrew, Alex, & Mr. Liverpool. What a thrill. (The Coach bag was a little extra somethin’
****Cats make me reeeeeeeally happy. God knew what HE was doing when he created the little assholes.
****A single red rose, which was lifeless, blooms once again in my Mommy’s window in the middle of December. (“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore)—Rev. 1:18
****These are the most read/popular blogs on My Inner Chick in 2014.
Video: Silent No More
****These posters from My Inner Chick Facebook Page were shared the most in 2014.
****I love my daddy sooooooooooooo much. He hasn’t missed a blog post since 2010. And he doesn’t judge me, you know, if I say the “F” word.
****My favorite quote of 2014: “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”—Rumi
****My favorite charity is Home For Life Facebook Page. Obama, our neighborhood stray, is there walking on heated floors, safe, free, meowing, and purring loudly.
****Amazing Women Rock! is overflowing with substance, depth, and words that matter.
….So much more, but I must get ready to go out w/ Mr. L. for New Year’s Eve. Perhaps he’ll take me to WILD!
——Darling, readers, I consider you my dear friends. It doesn’t matter a damn that we haven’t met face to face. No! We are still part of humanity & can make the world a better place. Do you agree? What are some of your highlights from 2014? What “words to live by” can you add?
Happy 2015 with LOTS & Lots of love. xxXX
“Set fire to the broken pieces; start anew.” ―Lauren DeStefano