As I look back over 2015, I wish to reflect upon the good things. All too often human nature leads us to the negative in our thought processes. When we turn on the news we are programmed with bad news…car accidents, murders, war, flu season, celebrity break-ups, political corruption, and natural disasters. As Toronto received its first snow fall in late December we were alerted for a major storm which turned out to be 6 cm of snow with some freezing rain. Time to turn off the worry button and cherish what is right in front of us.
Things I am thankful for in 2015:
Love…something money can’t buy. When I was young, I thought success was measured by wealth and career success. Little did I know how lonely life can be if these are your only measures of success. I am grateful for the people in my life who have supported me and loved me unconditionally, even during the times I when was not easy to love. Conversely, I am also grateful to have loved them.
Health…a good year for me. I am fortunate to have escaped serious illness in 2015. Some of those close to me are struggling with serious illness and chronic pain. They have taught me that your life can turn on a dime when your health is taken from you. All of a sudden those dreams you have been postponing to a future date when there is more time or more money will remain just that, dreams, because now deteriorating health dictates what you can and cannot do. Live each day to its fullest my friends!
Peace…fortunate to be born a Canadian. As I look around the world at the millions of people facing war, famine, poverty, and persecution, I am reminded about how lucky I am to be a Canadian living in a free country. One cannot put a price on freedom. A special thank you to those who risk and have sacrificed their lives so that I may live in a country of peace. So proud and lucky to be a Canadian!
As we embark upon New Year’s Eve where many of us make resolutions, I encourage you to make love, health and peace among them. Happy New Year everyone.