Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sorrow To Joy



“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”
― Rumi

I think that this the last day of what I consider one of the most challenging years of my life, I am hoping that the above quote from Rumi is true. I am hopeful for things to take the place of the sorrow that I have been feeling. Not necessarily better, but different. I will never ever feel nothing but gratefulness for having my beloved Abby in my life for 8 years and 61 days. I wish I could have had 80 years and a million days with her but it wasn't meant to be. I know Abby would not want me to be sadden by her loss. I think she would prefer I celebrate her life and I will. I am glad to have Annabelle bring in a youthful happiness of life into this house again. I believe that she and I were meant to find one another, and that's the way that was meant to be. The old cliche about life working in mysterious ways is undoubtedly true. We are better off allowing things to happen and accepting whatever they are. So, I shall try very hard to leave the sadness behind in 2013 and move onward in 2014. I am sure my tears will still fall and that I will continue to miss the physical presence of my beloved Abby, but I know she is still here, only different. She still communicates with me, just differently. I guess she lets me know something when she thinks I most need it, and that has been most true in something we will share later this week. But, I have no doubt she is here, and that she always will be. I will continue to share her because she still has stories to tell, and because I love talking about her, even if I shed a few tears in the process. Abby I'll always always love you to the Moon and back, always. That will always be our special mantra.
So Farewell 2013.
Welcome 2014.

30 comments:

  1. You have a way with words. We cannot wait to hear more about Annabelle's adventures in 2014, in addition to the rest of the gang of course.

    Happy New Year.

    Emma and Buster

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  2. We hope that 2014 brings you many joyous moments with Annabelle and all your gang!

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  3. We think this little darling will have your heart stolen in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
    She's pawsitively divine!

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  4. We so hope that 2014 is a kind and merciful year, bringing you (and us all) more laughter and joy than tears and sorrow. We hope the quote runs true for you, and wish you all peace, blessings and universal Light and love.

    Kim and the boys

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  5. We like that quote! Mom feels the same way you do...2013 was a real heartbreaker for us too. We're purring and praying for a much better 2014.

    The Florida Furkids

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  6. We are sure that Annabelle will help you to slowly heal from your sadness at Abby's departure from your life. She will give you love and a reason to smile again.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  7. The turning of the new year is a lot more than a fresh page on the wall calendar to so many of us. Wishing you joy with Annabelle as you continue to heal in the new year, and more smiles than tears.

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  8. What a beautiful picture of Annabelle. Her face is so expressive.

    I definitely agree. I wish I could have had Lucy forever. I was going to write more about her in our post today reflecting back over the year, but it was just too sad for me. Anyway, I think you've come to a lot of really good conclusions. In acceptance lies peace. I wish you a blessed New Year.

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  9. Beaitiful post. Rumi's words are both painful and I believe true. Annabelle looks gorgeous but of course nothing can replace Abby's special presence. I'm sure she is always nearby. May 2014 be joyful and happy.
    Love and hugs,
    Joan
    P.s. I hope the little card arrived.

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  10. Annabelle is such a beauty and she does make the heart smile.

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  11. Oh dear do I agree w you 2013 has been a sucky year here too. So many friends left for the bridge, my Gpa's accident and passing and my sweet BIL was so sick...come on 2014!
    Hugs Madi your BFFF

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  12. We are purring for 2014 to be a better year.
    Happy New Year to all of you. xoxo

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  13. happee 2014 guyz….heerz ta happee nezz, health, loves N hope two nite ya get sum high qualitee grazz N nip N hope ya findz a donut shoppe open round 3:18 AM when ya haz de muncheez !!

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  14. We are so happy that you have brought Annabelle into your heart and home! She is very sweet.

    Happy New Year from all of us!

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  15. Happy New Year friends!!! We wish you a healthy and happy New Year.

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  16. Wishing for you the very best of the world in 2014. May you feel all the peace and love we are sending to you, our friend. Have a wonderful and happy new year! Purrs...

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  17. 2013 has been a year of hardship and sadness for so many. We wish all of you - human and furry - a very Happy New Year. May 2014 heal our hearts and uplift our spirit.

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  18. Wishing you much joy, continued peace, and many many blessings in the new year, dear friends!

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  19. Happy New Year! Our loved ones are never forgotten or loved any less,but I hope Annabelle can bring peace and happiness back into your life.

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  20. Happy New Year friend. I just know it will be a better one for you. Annabelle is so precious and I'm sure she keeps you busy. In time she will worm her way into your heart too. That's what furbabies do! Happy New Year.

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  21. May the new year be one of joy and sun. May your heart grow lighter and expand with love.

    Happy New year dear. xxoo

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  22. Happy New Year to all of you from all of us!!

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  23. Happy New Year wishes!
    Abby IS with you!

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  24. Healing does not mean forgetting. Purrs to you in 2014.

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  25. Wow, what a powerful quote from Rumi. I hope that the quote will be true for you as I too, would like it to be true for me. Thinking of you and sending you warm thoughts as you are missing your heart kitty Abby. Annabelle is such a beauty and I am glad you have found each other. Wishing you a 2014 filled with health, love, joy, prosperity, peace and possibility!

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  26. We had a challenging year too. Pop lost his job and he was the bread winner. He’s only working parttime now. Sigh. Happy New Year. Wishing you the best in 2014.

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  27. May you be blessed in 2014 with all the love you deserve. Happy New Year! Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Lisbeth, Astrid and Calista Jo

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  28. I love that Rumi quote and believe it to be true. I am so happy You and Annabelle found each other. She is so beautiful! She will help you, too. Hugs and purrs for a very Happy New Year!

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