What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about this year–the year 2012?
I am betting that there are those who are thinking about that whole Mayan Calendar thing–the one that started that whole doomsday talk. They seem to think that the world will be ending this year…
Many more of us are probably thinking that this is a beginning of another chapter of our lives. Another year had come and gone and all the encounters and experiences we had from the previous year made us stronger, wiser, tougher than we were back in 2010.
Personally, I am part of the latter group. The group that feels that they have grown stronger. That the problems and dilemmas that they faces last year made them a better person. That the blessings they received outweighed all the negative things that had wormed their way into their lives and made things troublesome for them. This group is the group of the survivors.
WE are all SURVIVORS.
I, like everyone else, have a lot to be thankful for. I’m a year older now and, although I am feeling under the weather what with a runny nose, a majorly troublesome headache, and burning and watery eyes, I am still thankful to be relatively healthy and breathing and kicking and alive. I am thankful for the friends and the family who support and love me; thankful for the books I have read, the games I have played, the movies I’ve watched, the songs I have listened and heard; thankful for the joy I have received and have given; thankful for the love, faith, courage, hope, patience, wisdom that God has given me, along with his guidance and deliverance.
I am thankful for the problems, pain, suffering that came my way because they all made me stronger and showed me that perhaps the reason for all of that is so that I can turn to God and pray and that he would give me strength which, in turn, gave me hope that gave me the courage to face the world.
As weird as it may sound, I am thankful for everything that happened to me–good or bad–because all of those things happened because I am alive, because God gave me another hour, another day, another month, another year–and hopefully a lot more of those–to experience the joy and pain of living, loving, learning.
People may view 2012 as a beginning (or for the apocalyptic ones out there an ending), but no matter how you view it, I suppose we can all agree that this year is a “second chance” for us all. It’s not really a question of what happens this year. That’s not really as important as the question: What do you plan to do this year? Will you do something with it or get lost in a sea of regret?
2012 is another chapter to the story of our life. And, since it is our story, it is only fitting that we write it; we decide how “the rest is gonna read”. As Matthew West said in one of his songs: “This is your chance between the lines to redefine what kind of legacy you live.”
No matter what comes our way this year, no matter if troubles may come–and they will come whether we like it or not–when the time comes that you feel like giving up, put your hand on your chest. Can you feel your heart beating? Can you feel the rise and fall of your chest? Open your eyes and look around you, the reason you’re alive, the reason why you must keep on going, keep on fighting, it’s all there.
Take your fear and leave it behind. This is the joy, it’s the pain, and all the pages in between. It can be your finest hour or your weakest moment. It’s where you’ve been, it’s where you are, and it is where you’re going. This is the story of a new year, the story of your life. Make sure that it’s worth telling.
Happy New Year to all!
Dream on; Fly on!