As we begin a new calendar year and look forward to all it will bring, let us take a moment to reflect upon the book we have just closed. For many, 2012 has been memorable – full of blessings, beginnings, and bounty; for others, 2012 has been wrenching – imbued with sorrow, sufferings, and solitude. Whatever 2012 may have been for you, I encourage you to look back, for a little while longer, if only to take note of how it has shaped you, for it has done just that – whether you realize it or not.
Think of your triumphs as well as your failures … so you’ll remember how to succeed and how not to make the same mistakes.
Think of your joys as well as your sorrows … and let the glow of happy moments warm even the coldest parts of your heart.
Think of friends made as well as friends lost … for these people were meant to enter your lives although some were not meant to stay.
Think of wishes fulfilled as well as dreams that still remain … and hope will be enflamed by both what your heart has received and what it still longs for.
Think of the lightest days as well as the darkest nights … so that you will stand ready for both the merriest and the dreariest moments in the coming year.
I wish you all the best in 2013. May we all find a little more peace in our hearts and in our world.