While cleaning my closet today (which came after cleaning my basement, pantry and crawlspace) I found a book I was planning to read. As I brought it out of the closet, I absentmindedly opened it to a page, and it said:
The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before…You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along”.–Eleanor Roosevelt
So as you prepare to step into next year, what horror have you lived through? What did you cultivate in yourself as a result of living through the horror, rather than avoiding it? What would you like to acknowledge yourself for?