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Thank you for the shit sandwich that was 2016!

Thank you for the shit sandwich that was 2016!

It’s that time of the year isn’t it?  Not just the time for Christmas parties but also the time where some of us start to think about the year that was and the year that “should” have been.  Did 2016 give you a sucker punch or was it a year of amazing light? Whatever happened I encourage you to celebrate it!

Why in god’s name you think would I celebrate a marriage breakdown, death of a loved one or anything else traumatic you may think. I think we could choose to look at these sucker punches in a different way.  I think if we looked at the bumps and things that happened on the way of life with less emotion and realised it was just all part of life’s rollercoaster.  When you think life has given you a shit sandwich and you keep focusing on the shit sandwich – let me tell you my friend life will continue serving you a shit sandwich because that is what you are telling the universe you want.

I have a friend, she really has had a year full of a lot of change and a lot of upheaval.  It was a year that saw a marriage dissolve, the breaking up of assets, a forced family intervention resulting in an interstate move, the loss of her beloved animals and a new job.  On a scale of 1-10 for events that could break you hers were pretty high up there.  Here’s the thing, she grieved, she howled, she got angry, she said why me just like everyone else that has been through similar, she took on shitty habits to try and help her forget her pain, she made some dumb choices.  Then the light came.  All in the space of a short year, I have watched and supported this gorgeous creature bloom.  This catastrophic event has enabled her to be honest with herself and actually spend time figuring out who she is and what she wants.   She is a woman who now stands proudly independent and realises that this year and all the dump that happened brought her where she is now and I can honestly say it’s her best version yet.

So as we start to come in to to the silly season and think about 2017, let’s not forget 2016.  She was a year that brought many lessons and we should not only celebrate but also figure out forgiveness before we move in to 2017.  Forgiveness is a whole other post we can talk about another day but let me tell you lovely – holding on to the anger of that shit sandwich isn’t going to help.

Here’s my list that were not so great at the time that I am thanking/grateful for in 2016….

  1. My husband had major surgery in Jan –  a shit sandwich but without it he probably wouldn’t have been here with me today
  2. The money I/we overspent while taking a much needed break this year – sure it has me back working right now but it brings me so much closer to my dream.  I tasted it and I know it’s real.
  3. The multiple flat tyres – you made us late but you also gave my recovering husband purpose and a lift.  He likes to feel useful – thank you ?
  4. For the conflict I had with someone I care about – thank you.  It helped me to realise sometimes people change and move on – it’s okay – judgement on both sides however isn’t okay.  Acceptance.
  5. The chocolate that broke my husband’s tooth in Malaysia – well you got us back to Australia to connect with our family.
  6. The three dogs we looked after in Vietnam while housesitting.  What started off as being an experience we thought we would back out of ended up being one we will never forget.  Tolerance. Patience.
  7. The job that I work in every day that supports me as I build my practice and spread my word and reminds me daily how important it is to remember my values.
  8. The dog who bit my dog while my parents were walking him.  Thank you for not doing too much damage to my dog and thank you for not biting my parents.
  9. To the Mosquito that gave me a little bit of dengi fever – forced rest.  Thank you
  10. To the ATM that didn’t accept our card leaving us with no money in a foreign country.  Without that we would never have met or received the kindness from the locals.
  11. To the apartment we rented that didn’t turn out as expected – thank you – stand up for what you want.

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