Have a Wonderful 2017!

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Last Friday I was driving down North Central Avenue in Kent. I’m on my way to Maggie’s On Meeker to meet my friend Dave for a holiday get together over breakfast. My head’s in a deep think year-end buzz about life, the universe, and everything. You know what I mean.

“Wasn’t 2016 like totally something else?” Indeed it was, I’m thinking... My thoughts are running fast this morning, like a free-form jazz rap. “Who needs media today!? Not me, I’m self streaming live, baby!”

My internal kaleidoscope is busy juxtaposing random arrays of past, present and future, when it surfaces... I’m grateful. All things considered, 2016 was a very good year and I’m thankful for family, friends, work, successes, failures, encounters, several events, and a few great adventures too. When I look to 2017 it’s with optimism, yet I confess there was a few times I caught that darned little rascal trepidation, peeking out from behind inner chats.

I remind me that I’m peering into future and I can’t possibly have it all figured out yet. But I can arm myself with a positive vision, gratitude, and a good attitude. I’ll just have to wait and see about a lot of it...

That’s life.

But dang, like everyone, I lost people this year. A few longtime friends, a few acquaintances, a couple of former coworkers, and my dear 2nd cousin, Patty. This last one, a little too close to home, really threw me for a loop and it's taking a while to get over.

Taking stock, I think I accomplished a lot this year, though column B in this little litany of introspection reminds me, “Geez there’s a bunch of stuff I didn’t get to this year.”

Suddenly the traffic light turns yellow, then quickly to red when the car on my right and another in the oncoming lane both decide at the same split second to gun it through the intersection! This throws our little street scene into chaos. My heart skips several beats and inbetween beat one and beat two my adrenalin shot to extreme! “You f’n a-holes!” Followed by a Stentato Prestissimo Con fuoco fugue of expletives to embellish my recent opinions about the etiquette of local drivers.

Hearst carrying veteran to final resting in Kent, Washington.

When the light turns green a black limousine hearse passes through the intersection. Oh be still my heart. I swear, it wasn’t just me, our entire little intersection gathering had turned from indignant cursing rage to a humbled silence.

I’m thinking the universe spoke this day and we were all witness. As the limo pulls out in front of me I could see our flag draped over the coffin through the back window. It was so surreal and a powerful reminder of the truly important things in life. I think we were all listening too, as I observe everyone (including me) driving slowly, quietly, solemnly, away from the scene.

Have a Happy New Year my friends and loved ones! Be kind to one another and share your journey with passion, love, laughter and understanding.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; and the rains fall soft upon your fields...

Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Namaste.

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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Rene all I can say is Ouch Ouch to the traffic altercation.... in Los Angeles in addition to four letter .... expletive deleted would pull out a golf club and go to  work or if  we owned a side arm we would go to work... On another matter how Surreal a veteran stopped the altercation on his way to his last resting place.... Happy New Year and stay safe, Endre

Jan 04, 2017 06:15 PM #42
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Hi Rene

Happy New Year to you. So sorry about your losses this past year.

What an inspirational and thoughtful post - thank you!

The hearse makes you stop and think, doesn't it?

Jeff

Jan 04, 2017 08:30 PM #43
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We can really see what is important in this world. Sometimes we are too busy to remember. I lost three family members this year (uncles and aunts). Crazy how life goes by so quickly.

Jan 05, 2017 10:50 AM #44
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Thanks Debbie Gartner ... Life is such a potpourri of happy sad, good, not so good, joy, and serious tugs at the heart. So happy to hear you're doing better. As the saying goes, "it ain't easy sometimes." Yet, we're blessed with community, so we rise to the day! I hope all of us here have a wonderful 2017 so we have lots to talk about and share that inspires. I know that's a hope and wish, and it is from the heart... Awesome year to you Debbie!

Jan 06, 2017 06:34 PM #45
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Hi Dorie Dillard ... Thanks! The wacky thing about life is, when you look around, realize the world's not just about you, that all of us in the human family experience wonder, gain, loss, and tragedy too... Grateful to be in a community that cares. And you, a great writer, sharer, thoughtful and caring person, thank you for your kind words. You just never know when you click that "submit" button to publish if you're the only one who gets it the way you think you hopefully wrote it and those that will read it get what you intended. Thanks! That means a lot!

Jan 06, 2017 06:40 PM #46
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Thank you Ginger Harper !!!

Jan 06, 2017 06:40 PM #47
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I agree Hannah Williams !!! Here's to a Healthy & Happy New Year! I had some wonderful times over the holidays, but have to admit, challenges dealing with several losses of friends and loved ones... That river of life thing, the reminders of connection and relationship. All stuff technology can not address. So here's to an awesome 2017! Enjoy! Let's do good things, have fun, make a difference, and share smiles!

Jan 06, 2017 06:44 PM #48
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Oh my dear friend Gayle (Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905) ... 2016 was pretty amazing, buckin' bronco's! Love you too! Life is so funny, sad, glorious, even poop sometimes... If we'd just remember that and know we're all in this same dang thing together! I know you get it!  My comfort is knowing I do and have friends!!! Thank you sister!

Jan 06, 2017 07:02 PM #49
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Thank you Carol Williams ... And... perspective someday's is kind of hard to reach, so it will be okay you know, but it may take a little time after certain events have taken place. Thank you! But keep the focus on what's truly important, the "why" we do what we do, and stay true... Again, thank you! 

Jan 06, 2017 07:07 PM #50
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Oh my, where do I begin... Well, simply, Thank You dear AR friend Kathy Streib !! I can't even imagine this place without you and I am so proud to know you here. Little do you know what keeps me (more or less) sane in all this we now refer to as the "new normal"... It's friendship and community. Thanks for being one of mine!

Jan 06, 2017 07:14 PM #51
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Indeed, life stuff can make you decide to stop or go forward... Well put Kathleen Daniels !! The one that hit me the hardest this year was my 2nd cousin Patty... She was a most special best friend and we shared so much so freely... Plus the fact she was my age! I will move past it, because she would insist! My family has a long line of amazing women and she was very much among them. My women folk would scold me if I lamented too long. I can hear her now (and all my wonderful family women), "You got work to do! You got causes, you got family, you have things to accomplish. You better get busy!" Just don't forget me... and I won't.

Jan 06, 2017 07:31 PM #52
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What's (ironically) funny, yet mystical my friend Endre Barath, Jr. is the redlight greenlight intersection scenario played out like it was a dream. I'd surmize that the hearse was on the way to the Tahoma National Cemetery, it's just up the hill to the east a few miles from here where I am at this intersection... I so tune into these scenarios and do believe there's a dialogue between us mere mortals and the universe... Happy New Year to you too! I wish you a wonderful 2017! Thank you!

Jan 06, 2017 07:39 PM #53
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And to you, Jeff Dowler , Happy New Year! That hearse made my thoughts and heart sink for a moment. Then, flood with gratitude. Life is life is life as the saying goes. Losses are hard, inevitable, but hopefully, if your hearts in the right place and your listening, good teachers... Thanks again!

Jan 07, 2017 11:35 AM #54
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Hi Anne Corbin ... That "too busy" thing is the life stealer! Sorry about your losses too. Like one of my favorite authors from days long past, Erma Bombeck, "You know you're getting older when it seems like you're having breakfast every 15 minutes." :O)

Jan 07, 2017 11:40 AM #55
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It was a difficult year as for losing many loved ones, Rene.  I hope that our 2017 will be less severe.

Jan 08, 2017 04:24 PM #56
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Thank you for such a thoughtful post.  I read every word, as always, and loved your Irish pose at the end.  Being of Irish descent, that was a nice finishing touch!  Likewise, have a wonderful 2017.  Onward!

Jan 11, 2017 06:47 PM #58
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Thanks Gabe Sanders !! Me too... Let's all have a great 2017!

Jan 13, 2017 10:31 AM #59
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Hi Jan Green ... Thank you! Love the Irish prose! Indeed, onward!! You too! Have a great 2017!

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Thanks Bob! Robert Vegas Bob Swetz !! And thanks for the feature!

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