Take Five

December 155 Minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.

Two Thousand Ten:

*The message from my best friend in January, telling me she wanted to stay with me when she visited; taking the first tentative steps toward a reconciliation and knowing that this is worth it; some things are worth fighting for; love always prevails.

*Friends who made me a cheery birthday cake and danced with me to Sister Act in my “dancing foyer;” who celebrated holidays with me; who shared their successes and triumphs and disappointments and joys.

*Driving to see Martina McBride at Mohegan Sun on a terrible, stormy night, and during the concert, finding ourselves featured on the Jumbotron.

*Surprising my mother with a weekend turnaround trip to California for her birthday.

*The sincere, heartfelt letter of encouragement from my father when my divorce papers were being filed — words that carry me through my tough days now.

*Walking into New York Presbyterian Hospital for the first time as not a patient, but a crisis counselor, for someone in need on the other side of locked doors.

*Crossing the finish line of three marathons in one calendar year transformed from mere mortal to multiple marathoner.

*The steaming rivers and frozen lava landscape of Iceland.  It took my breath away.  I also had a meal there that was so perfectly appetizing it reminded my body of why food is good; why we should love to eat; why we need to eat — and my body is one that tends to forget.

Joy.

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