The end of a year: Goodbye 2016!

The sun sets on 2016 today

The sun sets on 2016 today

It’s almost here: the end of 2016!  It seems that most of the people I speak to talk about how happy they are about the end of this “dreadful year”…  I have to be honest, 2016 has indeed been quite a challenge, to say it mildly!

I guess I am like most of us who think this year brought a lot of difficulties and disillusionment.  But amidst all of the darkness, there were a few rays of light that would pierce the veil of shadows.

Recently we have experienced a wave of deaths in the Hollywood world to seal this preposterous year. This is an accurate representation of the stupor people were hit with throughout the year.  So many senseless events have marked our lives in 2016.  

There is no explanation for this mess.  Some of us refuse to see any positive and say boldly that they are not ready to choose a brighter side.  It’s perfectly normal and understandable: we need to grieve a bit, it’s a process.  But to stay there?  Hmmm…..

Welcome 2

Welcome 2017

2016 managed to have us live senseless acts of violence by the very people who should be preventing them.  And then there was the death of many powerful progressionists.  We suffered heartbreaks, losses, unbelievably stressful US elections, and much more…  

I get it.  With the negative coming at us from all different angles without allowing time for a breather, we are at the end of our rope.  2016 has been a crazy year and we cannot wait for it to end.  

I also subscribe to the thought that 2016 was a rough year.  But I submit to you that it was a year of learning and flexing my prayers muscles.  Due to this year of pain, some are a lot more thoughtful, careful, aware, and awake.  

For many, the lights just went on in 2016.  They realized how precious life is, how worthy they are, what they need to do as they move forward, because of some crazy tragedy in 2016.  

2017!

2017!

So how will you choose to see 2016 as it ends?  

Will you see how the dreadful times helped you grow? What positive changes will you make as you recover from disappointments and hurt in 2016?  

Well, if there is something to be said about this year, it’s that it has taught us how to circumvent the different holes on our roads.  There are some who will take a different road altogether!  Hahaha!  

I know, it’s not funny… I am grasping at some element of positivity.  You know, there are quite a few of them on our paths if we pay attention to them.  

So here is what I have decided to do: I have been seeking the rays of light tucked into each horrible moments of this year.  No, I don’t think that we should run away from reality. However, if THIS is reality, then I must look at it from different perspectives to have a complete picture, right?  

The horrors were spewed onto us, but what we learned was how to clean up properly from the filth thrown onto us.  We suffered major injustices, but maybe we learned how to defend ourselves and forgive.  Been plagued with seemingly insurmountable stress, but we finally cut out the toxic people in our lives.  Were provoked in the most insidious or blatant ways, but we learned to starve the fire of hell and chose Peace.  

So blow by blow, event by event, instead of building resentment against all the craziness experienced this year, I am looking for gold nuggets.  There MUST be something good SOMEWHERE!!!

I am grateful that it’s gradually making a little of sense to me as I reflect.  Working on equipping myself for 2017 includes continuous improvement and devising a vision and action plans.

So here’s to getting wiser, being aware and awaken, loving and understanding, and transforming our lives for the better.  

Here’s to an AMAZING 2017!!!

Wishing you tremendous abundance and blessings!

M

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26 Responses to “The end of a year: Goodbye 2016!”

  1. Well said, Martine! Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!!! No matter what happens in our lives, whether good or bad, there is always a lesson to be learned. It’s up to each of us to decide which lesson we want to learn.

  2. When I look back at 2016, I remember some good times and some bad. Overall, it was a pretty decent year. I’m so glad it’s 2017!

  3. Although 2016 had its tragedies, it certainly wasn’t an awful year, at least not for me. I have had some personal successes in 2016 that I am quite proud of. That is what I choose to remember about 2016.

  4. Looking back, I try to focus more on the good. My book was published. I moved to a new home so I was able to be with my daughter more. It’s all about give and take. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. 2016 was not a bad year for me. I always look forward to a fresh start in the new year, but the past year was not too bad!

  6. Travel wise, 2016 was such a great year for me! I got to visit Paris twice, the Bahamas, DC, St. Louis, California and Florida. Here’s hoping for an even better 2017!

  7. 2016 was a rough year but it had its blessings. My granddaughter was born in 2016, which was a bright spot for me.

  8. Sorry your year was so bad. We beat cancer in our house, family member passed away. But I always look for the good. Have a great new president, market is finally on the upswing. 2017 is going to be a great year.

  9. 2016 had ups and downs for us, but overall it was a decent year. I’m excited for 2017 and hope it’s filled with joy and prosperity.

  10. This past year was traumatic for my family but there was also good things too. I am choosing to look at the positive things as well. It is my choice this new year to focus on the now and not the past. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  11. Staying positive always works best. 2016 was not so bad for me, there were opportunities that I can’t believe was offered to me. I had my share of illnesses the past year. It was a roller coaster ride, but still thankful, still blessed to enjoy another year of life. Wishing you all the best this 2017!

  12. I must admit even with the bad things that happened in 2016, for myself and my family we had a great year except for one tragedy we didnt see coming. But we always try to stay positive

  13. 2016 was a very rough year for me, so I was really excited to step into 2017 and I plan on having a different out look and doing new things this year.

  14. 2016 was an amazing year for me. Not perfect but really good. I’m excited for what 2017 has to offer and for what I have planned.

    Cheers to a year of greatness.

  15. 2016 took a lot from us. We will surely get it all back in 2017. Bring it on!

  16. I appreciate your positive spin on 2016. It was personally a so-so year for me but larger events definitely swayed it to the negative side. It’s important to find the positive in the trying times. Thanks for the reminder. Happy 2017!

  17. I consider 2016 to be a good year in that there were no deaths in my family (finally) this past year. There were some bumps in the road that I’m still working through but like you, I’m going to have a Happy 2017 because I’ve decided to. I wish you and yours the best year ever.

  18. I was so ready for 2016 to go! With the exception of a few highlights, It really sucked for my family. I’m so looking forward to this new year and see what happens.

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