As 2017 comes to a close, just like any year it is easy to get trapped in a negative mindset, thinking about all of the bad things that happened over the course of the year. I know I’ve been guilty of this before, often echoing the sentiments of others such as, “I can’t wait for this year to be over!” This year, I’m going to make a concerted effort to end 2017 on a note of gratitude; while no year is perfect, every year brings us gifts and blessings, things to be thankful for. I like to think, too, that when we extend positivity into the universe, more positive things enter into our lives.
When life has been especially trying, it can feel almost impossible to think of anything positive. That being said, even when negative things happen in our lives, there are always positives that concomitant with those events. If a family member passes away and a funeral or memorial service is held, it brings together family and friends who may not have visited for years. If an illness or injury occurs, it can often serve as a wake up call and a time of reflection, giving pause to our busy lives. If we are set back by financial hardship, we often rediscover the joy in the little things.
This year wasn’t easy, but it was full of blessings. Here’s to 2018, a year that might provide us with even more wisdom and gratitude than we’d imagined.
And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.
-Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1892-1910