"It's a new season, it's a new day...."
Taken from the song, New Season, written and performed by Israel Houghton.
Today marks the beginning of a new year for each and everyone of us who was blessed enough to see the clock strike midnight or wake up this morning (or afternoon) to a new day.
I have to admit that 2012 was a bittersweet year for me as I lost one of the most important people in my life, my grandfather, Louis M. Thomas, Sr., in February and went on to experience the loss of several other extended family members throughout the year.
My grandfather and I, circa 1967
The process of grieving loved ones is different for everyone, but for me, watching others reach their sunset has forced me to remember that the sun is still rising in my own life. In other words, I realized just how much I had allowed situations, circumstances and yes, people, to keep me from living my best possible life, and that it was time to make some changes in order to make the rest of my days the best of my days.
Sunrise at Tybee Island, Georgia - Taken by Marcie L. Thomas