"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."
― Mary Pickford
― Lamentations 3:22,23
"Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most."
November 30: I am grateful that every day when I wake up and draw breath I have the chance for a fresh start. Yesterday's failures and disappointments are over and done and a whole fresh, clean slate waits for me to paint it.
Tonight I begin testing for my first degree black belt. I am looking at three 2-hour sessions: 7-9 tonight, 6-8 a.m. tomorrow morning and again from 1-3 tomorrow afternoon.
For me, there's a bit of irony in the fact that the testing is taking place at the end/beginning of a month as I've always loved those two days in every month. For whatever reason the end/beginning always gives me the feeling that I can lay aside the previous month's mistakes and get a fresh start with the new month.
Achieving the rank of black belt is also the end of one journey and the beginning of another. While I do not have any clear feelings as to where I will go from here, I just know it will be different and there's a clean slate of possibilities awaiting me. I'm looking forward to that.
So ends the month of November and my 30 Days of Thanks. This has been a fun project! I have put together a page which is a tab at the top of the blog with all 30 days worth. Some of the dates are clickable as there is more to the thanks, or a photo you might want to see. I think it will be nice to look back at when I need to feel gratitude.