As most of us are heard to say this time of year, I don’t know where the year went! Particularly this last quarter of the year for me has been so full that I have been remiss in posting new articles to this blog. For that I apologize but rest assured that I plan to be right back at it as soon as the New Year begins.
I did not want 2016 to end without sharing a few words of encouragement and friendship. This is the time of year when we tend to be reflective. We should look back on the year that is ending and assess what we did and what impact we left on those around us.
I try to approach the New Year the same way I approached the past year by asking in what way can I make an impact on every person I come in contact with – whether that person is known or unknown to me, friend or foe, rich or poor, immigrant or countryman. Everyone has a value and needs affirmation even in little ways that they matter in this world.
I want to remind people that it is in the little acts of kindness that we make the biggest difference. The things that we give away for free are the things of the most value and bring the most joy – a smile, a hug, a kind word – even in the face of those who do not return the gesture – it still makes a difference.
So as this year ends and the new one begins, tell yourself that you will find little ways to make a big difference very day and your own days will be that much brighter and your heart will be that much fuller because of it. Forgive someone from your past or present – only by forgiving can you yourself be forgiven.
I will be back in the New Year with lots of things to share. Happy holidays to each and every one of you. I wish you good health, love and many blessings in the New Year!