And for some reason the word strength and what that word means kept coming to mind.
Having strength and being strong is much more than being able to lift heavy things with ease.
Strength is about being able to handle life's burdens while not letting those burdens become an anchor around your neck, heart and spirit.
In 2011 I learned that that no matter what happens in life, I am capable of forging ahead and being strong - even during those times in August and September (and now) when I felt and feel like "the girl with the weight of the word in her hands. "
I was reminded daily that advocating for others allowed me to become stronger than I originally thought and that by developing my diabetes voice for others, it helped (and continues to do so every day) me develop my own voice - Diabetes and otherwise.
2011 reinforced the fact that little things aren't worth arguing about with people that you love because life is too short when it comes to getting the last word over things that don't matter.
This year reminded me that there is strength in numbers and that little ripples make big waves.
And finally, I learned that you can suffer a loss that weighs so heavily on your heart that you don't know how you're physically and mentally going to get through it. But I learned that you do, because you have the help and support of wonderful friends and the memory of an amazing mother who I do my absolute best to honor every day.
I owe both the Diabetes On-line Community and my mother a big THANK YOU for giving me that strength - So THANKS loved ones, I wouldn't have my strength without you!
Strength in massive doses is what I'm taking with me into 2012 and I'm incredibly grateful to have it.
And when I think my strength reserve is low, I'll remind myself of the lessons 2011 taught to me by the people I love.
What lesson(s) learned in 2011 are you taking with you into 2012?