2016 was one helluva ride with it’s fair share of highs and lows.
I’m not going to get political but it’s pretty clear the people of the world are deeply unhappy with how their governments and leaders are managing their country’s affairs, and have shown this discontent at the polls. All I can say is, it’s gonna be a rocky road for the next few years, hang on tight!
2016 was a year of personal loss with the death of our Mother early on in the year and later, the passing of our Auntie Ann and Uncle Bertie. My friend Maria met with a fatal accident just before I left for Nepal, and throughout the year, many friends have lost parents, siblings, husbands and friends, some quite unexpectedly. So much loss to bear, it can be so fracturing …. but you know, it can also be a time for renewal if you allow it to be.
What I found astonishing at my mother’s funeral, was how many people from the past and present, gathered to happily share wonderful memories of her, and tell tales of adventure and foolery, often with much hilarity ….. and I was reminded again that Life is for being with those we love, for following our dreams and for living life to the fullest. Right Here and Now.
No time to waste people!
Personally, I’ve had a remarkable 2016 …. welcoming my beautiful niece Mai to our family: hanging with marvelous friends in all parts of the world; doing stimulating work with smart and intelligent people the world over and getting the chance to experience what it is to live in the tropics here in stunning Sri Lanka.
I couldn’t have asked for anything more really.
And as 2017 is just hours away, I wish each and every one of you much joy and laughter, good health and a whole lot of love for the year to come.
And if I may, there’s one thing I ask of you – show a gentle kindness to your fellow (wo)man in 2017, and the world will surely be a better place for it.
I know, I’m forever the optimist!