|Posted by [email protected] on December 31, 2016 at 6:00 PM|
So, can you believe that we are in December of 2016? How time has flown by. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is deafening, as people scurry to and fro trying to get ready for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and the New Year. 2016 is on the way out, and the New Year is almost here. It is a time for reflection; did we achieve our goals and dreams? What happened that we could have prevented? Where were the rough spots across the year? What would we do differently? All these and a myriad other questions swirl around in our minds. After all, this year was going to be different, we have promised this to ourselves and screamed it at God. This year, I am going to find that dream job, meet the right person, take that dream vacation, lose that weight, go back to college, slow down and smell the coffee… the list was endless. But, I believe that you will agree with me that most of us will have many gaps between our dreams and our realities.
So, what then are we to do when instead of joy we found dis-peace, new friends- loneliness, dream job- unemployment, a new house-homelessness or moving back into your mother’s home? None, not one of those New Year’s resolutions have been met. In fact, your life in 2016 would be great for a movie about the blues. What you say, that sentence might be too generous of a description for life in 2016. After all, you cried more than you smiled, you are still alone; with not a date in sight, now, not only you, but your friend and his girlfriend are in your mother’s home, and you feel lost and alone.
Can you relate and if yes, what does one do in this situation? First, can I suggest that you dig through the rubble of 2016 and you find something to be thankful for, anything. After all, there was that accident that should have killed you, that purse that was returned, that gift on your doorstep, the smile of a friend… Dig deep and remember them! Second, think over the year and consider what of any of the many crises’ you faced, that were in your control. For most of us this will be a very small number. Looking back in hindsight, did you do your best? Did you give it your all? If yes, then learn to forgive yourself, your family, and God and let it go. Next, lift up your head and be resolute in your desire to move past the pain, hurts, humiliation, rejection, discrimination, injustice, and disrespect that you might have faced in 2016? Let it all go! Keep your hope and faith, find peace with you, your family, friends, enemies, and God and face the New Year unafraid. Forgive and start afresh in 2017!
Would love to hear your thoughts on our post and about your experiences in 2016.