Here we are at the end of the year. Traditionally a time for reflection, with a vow to do better as the clock strikes midnight.
How was your 2016? As bad as all the online pundits are proclaiming it? Or, when you reflect honestly, pretty much like every year, a mixture of good and bad. Maybe it was a bad year for the planet, but a good one for you.
As in every year there have been wars and rumours of wars, terrorism, elections, trials and triumphs on the national and international scene. For most of us though, those events are somewhat distant, things to watch on television news or read about on a website. There is no direct connection with our daily lives. Even those things that have an effect, such as oil prices and carbon taxes, don’t have a catastrophic impact on most of us.
In reflecting on 2016 you are more likely, I think, to have been deeply impacted by the death of a loved one than the election of Donald Trump. To have gotten more joy from a surprise birthday party than the home team winning some championship.
Relationships matter far more than events, despite what we read in the news. If your relationships are better today than they were at the beginning of 2016, it has been a successful year. If not, there is hope for 2017.
Thank you for being here in 2016. I appreciate that you take the time to read my musings. There are so many voices clamoring for attention, so many demands on your time. That you choose to spend a few minutes here is an honour. I hope I have been at times informative, thought-provoking and amusing.
As I have mentioned before, I write most of these posts on the bus on the way to work, and I try to publish daily. That makes this blog more journalism than literature.
Looking back at the year though, I see posts that I felt proud of at the time, and that still resonate with me. But my opinion is a little subjective.
The thought occurs to me that you might have read something here that you think others may have missed. Why not post that in the comments section, so that others can discover it? Give the link, or the title, or even just the topic and people can search for it. The search feature is pretty good here.
Then again, you may be in the midst of preparing for New Year’s Eve events and not have the time for reflection. That’s okay, I understand if you can’t get to it. Another time maybe.
I’ve had fun here in 2016. I hope you have too. See you next year!