Celebrating 2016

As we are excited to enter the new year and embrace new beginnings, we owe to ourselves to stop and reflect on and honor 2106. Let the celebrations this weekend be for all that we are thankful that 2016 has brought us. Don’t we owe 2016 a moment a gratitude? Don’t we have an obligation to find the pieces of ourselves that shined so bright and when we find those pieces, to say ‘thank you’? Be grateful for those moments where you surprised even yourself. I mean, wow! We made it! Yes, we survived another year! Woo-Hoo!

There may be some people reading this who sailed through on calm seas, but that certainly was not me nor anyone I personally know. To be honest, 2016 was pretty darn tough. But that just means there are more moments to sort through, to be thankful for, and for the even more ways we expanded our horizons to new thoughts, beliefs, and practices. It is a time to rejoice in all the new that we get to carry with us as we embrace the season of new beginnings. For every beginning, there was an end. And for every end, a beginning.

I thought I would share some of the things I am thankful for (in no particular order):

  • I am thankful for a wonderful family vacation we could take. We visited the place of our own beginnings, and had two weeks of fun and laughter with family members we don’t get to see often.

  • I am grateful for all those whose path crossed mine, and that I was able to help them.

  • I am grateful that both my husband and I are employed and the raises we received.

  • I am grateful for the new friends and mentors introduced into my life, and all the hours we spend listening to each other’s stories. May our friendships continue to grow for as long as we need each other.

  • I am thankful for the artistic outlet I found in making candles and creating characters.

  • I am most thankful for my husband and his devotion to me, even during the times of high stress.

  • I am most grateful for our home and the home-improvement projects that create moments for bonding and growing.

  • I am grateful for the overall well-being for our family.

  • I am thankful for the opportunities that were provided, even if we didn’t see all of them.

  • I am grateful for abundances received, and for all those that continue to come.

  • I am thankful that our vehicles required only minimal repairs.

  • I am thankful for my husband’s support and that we made it this far together, and have laid the groundwork for 2017 to build on bringing us stronger and closer.

  • I am most grateful that there is still great hope – a hope for peace, for myself, my family, my friends, and all who dwell on our Earth.

  • I am grateful for a self-awakening, to opening my eyes to new knowledge and areas of interest, and for seeing the possibilities this new year can bring.

So, as the new year rings in, and we are making our resolutions, ready to put 2016 behind us, let us not take haste but instead but take time to be thankful for what we have. If we are to improve ourselves, and in turn our lives, then we first need to acknowledge all that we want to bring with us into the new year. At this very moment where each of us stand, remember that even the slightest change in 2016 would land us in different space and time. What are you thankful for?

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