As 2016 has come to an end, just like my winter break, I spent a few moments last night and today reflecting on my life this past year. To be perfectly honest, I am just grateful to be alive and as far as I know healthy. I have my family, I have a job, I have a roof over my head and I woke up this morning in my right mind. Can’t ask for much more than that. While I didn’t reach all of the goals I’d set for myself in 2016, I did make some very big gains in my personal, profession and spiritual life. Of course, there were some good times and a whole bunch of not-so good times but all in all it was a very good year.
I am just as equally proud of my bad days as I am of my good days. Over the years I have come to understand that without bad days I would never learn how strong, dynamic, resourceful and creative I am. All the things I say I can do and will do won’t mean as much if I don’t have some struggle along the way. I put forth every effort to live the life that my parents dreamed for me and one that will leave a legacy/impact that will make those around me proud to have known me. I don’t always get it right. I don’t always handle challenging situations appropriately. However, every morning that God wakes me up, I open my eyes with prayer in my heart and I am grateful for another opportunity to get it right. I’ve learned how to say, “I’m sorry” even if I may not be in the wrong because my relationships with my family and friends is important to me. I’ve learned to forgive even when I don’t necessarily “feel” like it because I know forgiveness is for my betterment and well being, and not someone else.
There are so many things to look forward to that I didn’t spend too much time looking back. We want to reflect not dwell!
Expecting great things in 2017…:)