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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sayonara 2016 - Don't let the door hit you on the backside as you leave...




It is amazing how fast 2016 has zoomed by.  

It seems only months ago we were raising our glasses to toast it in - but here I am, a year later, on New Years Eve, taking a few moments to reflect on what I can only describe as a bit of a strange year.  

Strange does not really do it justice - it has, in fact, been a crazy ole year.  For me, and I would hazard a guess, for much of the world, it has had as many ups as it has had downs.  One thing I am confident of is that there have been plenty of things (cough Brexit, cough the Presidential outcome) that will no doubt be considered, later in our worlds history, as the catalysts that led to the unfolding of some fundamental world changing events; events that are yet to be seen.   Yay, something to look forward to... (insert sarcastic face)

More often than I am comfortable with, especially in the second half of this year, I have wondered if the earth has been a little off its axis and a little off kilter with humanity.      

As the neighbourhood resounds with the loud cacophony of left over Guy Fawkes fireworks, and end of year parties, I can not help but reflect on the things I am grateful for, and the things that I have to look forward to.  

I am not a big fan of setting arbitrary resolutions, because I am more of an ongoing goal setting kinda gal, but I do acknowledge that the promise of fresh starts and clean slates that hangs around like a whisper, ready for us to grab, as a new year approaches, has a certain appeal.  

As the new year countdown beckons, I am curious about what the next 12 months holds in store for us all.  Each of us has been gifted with 52 new weeks, 365 fresh and clean days, made up of 8760 hours, a little over half a million (525,600 to be exact) minutes untainted by experiences (bad and good) and 3,1536,000 seconds.  How we choose to use this time will be within our power.   We can choose to be successful, and fill them with love, peace, laughter, fun, joy, happiness and good fortune.  Or, we can waste them.  The choice is ours.  

For you and yours, I wish you a year of all the wonderful things that life has to offer, and a reminder that for the times that are a little darker and stormier, to keep the faith.  For those difficult times,  never forget that the dark allows us to appreciate the light, and the stormy weather give us a chance to welcome the warmth of the sun.   Be kind to yourself, embrace change and enjoy the ride!  Make the most of the time you are gifted with in 2017, because you just never know what tomorrow will bring.  The fact it is not promised and guaranteed is in itself like a gift.  A timely reminder to be grateful, and to live in the moment.  (note to self - put the phone down more) 

If I was to be honest, I will not be sorry to see the backside of 2016 as it slinks out the door and I am open to the opportunities and changes that a fresh and shiny new year has to offer!  I think the following short visual best sums up 2016 - in the style of a horror movie trailer!  

SO, sayonara 2016 - thanks for coming, your time is up, make sure you don't let the door smack you  on your backside as you leave!