Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I remember hearing the expression “today is the first day of the rest of your life”. It seemed to show up everywhere – bumper stickers, posters, advertisements. When I was thinking about what I want to say in today’s blog post, I went to Pinterest in search of a snappy little something to begin my post. And there I found a whole assortment of variations on this same theme.
I dug around a little bit today to determine its origin and discovered it is attributed to Charles E. “Chuck” Dederich, Sr., (1913–1997). [source] Dederich coined the phrase when he founded Synanon, a drug rehab program based on Alcoholics Anonymous.
And then I found the little quote below.
I thought about 2014.
I wasn’t particularly sad to see it go.
It wasn’t a terrible year. But it certainly wasn’t one of my favs.
It wasn’t a 2003 – the year I met Paul.
Or a 2008 – the year I married Paul, moved into our house, graduated with my Master’s in Library and Information Science, and walked my oldest daughter Brennyn down the aisle (or through the sand on the beach at Key West) to marry her husband Corey.
Thankfully, 2014 wasn’t a 1998 when I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
Or a 2012, the year my father died
but also the year
my youngest daughter Lauren married Francisco on a green at Buttermilk Trail Golf Club.
It wasn’t a 2010 that saw the birth of my first grand baby Cadence.
And I am grateful it wasn’t a 2001, the year of 9-11, the year of the death of my three-year-old nephew Andrew.
I have high hopes for 2015.
And for today, I will leave it at that.
Wishing you a hopeful 2015, too.
Hugs and sticky kisses,