With each New Year I can’t help but look back at my life. How far I’ve come and hopefully how far I will continue to go. I see a wonderful comparison of my life and that of a tapestry. I look at the tapestry of my life and there is so much detail woven into the fabric of who I am. A tapestry is made up of a base thread that is the backbone of the tapestry and other fine threads that create the “picture”. There are parts of my tapestry that clearly show signs of wear, there are parts that show a beautiful picture, and there is the part that is still on the loom being woven. When I look at the worn parts of my tapestry I can also see the base thread, the backbone beneath the picture. I see that even though there were times in my life that wore me down, there was always a foundation of strength. I never realized just how strong I was until the threads of my tapestry started to unravel and the base thread was revealed. Some of the worn areas are being restored and I delight in seeing the once worn and faded picture coming forth with a renewed beauty. I hold a hope that more worn areas can be restored but accept that restoration may never be. There are some holes in my tapestry but the base threads, the backbone, my strength has held the tapestry together. I look at the loom as my future is being woven and await it with enthusiasm. I know there will parts of my tapestry that will become worn and will unravel but I know the base threads are there, my strength is there. I will forever be grateful for the worn areas of my tapestry as they revealed my underlying strength. As I look at my tapestry I see a picture of my life that is filled with everything from exhilaration to devastation. As each new thread is woven into place I await the lessons I will learn. I wish you all a wonderful New Year.