Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy Anniversary Raleigh!

Today marks 1 full year that I have been actively employed at Duke.

In so many indescribable ways this past year has been one of the most monumental years of my life. The depth of change that has occurred is almost overwhelming. I have done and seen and learned and have been given so many things since that time. The place I was in compared to the place I’m in now is absolutely worlds apart. I’ve grown so much. Yet things are as they always have been.

Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it, even when you didn’t know you needed it. But maybe that’s not life, it’s God.

My time in Raleigh has been both rewarding and frustrating, encouraging and heartbreaking, uplifting and challenging, amazing and ordinary, pleasing and disappointing, privileged and humbling, shared and lonely. I’ve been forced to grow and reach and develop and mature, to face fears, acknowledge burdens, and to acknowledge life in a way that I had not before.

And I’m not just talking about professionally but personally; maybe the latter even more so.

Life, however it comes, is a blessing. Each day is filled with opportunities to choose either happiness and contentment or misery and gloom. We make that choice. We build our days, our weeks, our life.

I went in an empty hospital room today with a friend. We pulled the ultrasound in the room with us and closed the curtain. We turned it on. She gooped up her belly. We looked at life. We looked at the beautiful 16 week old baby growing within her. We saw the tiny heart beating fast. We saw the arms moving. We saw the baby repetitively hiccup. We watched as the baby brought its little hand to its mouth.
I blinked the tears away, but they were there, they stung. Life is so beautiful.

I do not know what this next year holds for me. Not professionally or personally. I do know that I am blessed. I know that I will forever be thankful for the changes of this past year, for the personal growth, for the opportunities to learn. I’m thankful for the people in my life who have blessed me beyond words, people who have loved me all of my life and people I have never met.

So, Happy Anniversary Raleigh! And from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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