Well, we have officially closed our 2016 calendars (except for tax purposes) and are ready to tackle 2017 with renewed hope and some trepidation. I have seen the United States and world become more divided than in several decades and also many more are once again outspoken about love and unity. The equal and opposite reaction of our pendulums (faith and fear, brotherhood and racism, factions opposing each other, and good and evil) are in full swing.
We as a nation, and our global community, are facing new challenges and as history has shown us good people with good hearts can overcome and prevent further pain and devastation. We are the key to preventing history from repeating itself and writing a future based upon hope, love, equality and peace.
From the ashes of events which have rocked the world, broken our hearts and made us feel helpless, have risen the unified voices louder than any hatred can drown out. We will not be silenced and we will continue to live our lives free and without fear. We will prosper and those who have died senseless deaths will not have died in vain. We will carry them in our hearts and act on their behalf.
Terrorism, genocide, global warming, nuclear weapons, polution, violence, freedoms of religion and press; these topics unify us more than they divide. This life is ours to embrace and our legacy to leave.
For my friends and family here and around the world, I am so glad I have been touched by your lives, enriched by the things we share, that I am allowed to be part of your joy and pain. I am grateful we are facing another year of opportunities to make the world a better place, practice random acts of kindness. I look forward to Anna’s pictures showing me beauty and wonder and Dave’s strength that helps me heal and know I’m not alone.
From my heart to yours, may 2017 be filled with good people, sweet memories, love, laughter, and peace.