While there has been the good there has been some sad, there has been some friends who have experienced loss, some illness and some loss. I have had some downs that hit me but, I had too much going on than sit and worried. As things start to wind down, I am facing a situation that I just need to face and deal with but, I have been dealing with it better this year than I would have last. While my job is not perfect, it has given me an outlet to do what I do best and I am being appreciated and complimented. Since I am not having to worry about finding a job or what it means if I don't have one, I can focus more energy on looking at things differently.
I find myself more forgiving (especially of my faults and "sins"), appreciating my family, appreciating those friends, pushing out of my comfort zone and just more accepting of fate.
I can't say how long my zen will last but, It is a good place to be right now.