This past year has been a year of rebuilding for me. After my divorce, I felt like my whole world was falling down around me, not only figuratively but literally as well. But with much hard work ( and lots of overtime) and unrelenting support from family, friends, and a counselor, I am nearly back to normal. I have made great strides with the house too. There were many days that I would look around me and say, "this is not how I imagined my life." I had dreams. I had plans. Both were dashed into pieces. But this doesn't mean that I can't have new dreams or a new life altogether. The dark cloud has lifted and sunshine is able to beam down its warm rays into my soul. The time for weeping has past. I am no longer feeling sad. Joy has taken up residence and I am happy once again. For all of this I am thankful. For the next coming year I will make a promise to myself. I promise that I will live my life fully and without reserve, just as I had loved. I cannot change what happened, even though I wish that I could. However, I can change my future and mostly how I look at it. Today, I see hope.