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The year 2016 is over and what a year it was. Within our personal lives, we all enjoyed some positive and happy times as well as some trying and challenging ones. Some of us had to duel with health issues either for ourselves or a family member. Some enjoyed success in business or achieved a milestone in education or other personal growth. While most of us had real financial issues which we still can’t believe we got through.
Apart from our personal situations, we are also impacted by the events happening around us. Unfortunately, it’s amazing how the negative events around the globe are the news that tents to stay with us. In 2016 nations were thrown into chaos as they battled with all manners of evil. The Middle East and North Africa were plagued by continued terrorist groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaad, and Al Qaeda. Countries in Europe went on even higher alert following terrorist attacks on countries such as Belgium, Turkey and France. The United Kingdom went into a tizzy with Brexit and are just trying to negotiate their way out. The world was stunned with a “Trump” victory in the United States and is on pins and needles with anticipation as to what he will do in the White House. Closer to home one of the world’s most extraordinary political leaders Fidel Castro died. While here in Jamaica we had a change in the political arena and are still waiting to see where that will lead us.
It is now a New Year, 2017 and there is a feeling of hopefulness which comes with the start of a new year. This is the time when we take time to reflect on the immediate past, evaluate our present situations and make plans for the future, short and long term. We passionately decide on resolutions which we are sure will solve at least some of our problems and improve our lives. We convince ourselves that this year we are going to follow through.
I encourage you to be true to yourself and make the best of every opportunity that comes your way. If things don’t go as you had hoped, find the lesson in every situation and learn from it. Whatever you do, enjoy 2017.
Happy New Year!