Well, here we are in a brand new year. An opportunity to look ahead, to move forward, to forge a path. But before we do that, maybe we should clear the air a little regarding 2016.
There seem to be two camps regarding the year we just closed out: either it was a pretty good year, or it was an awful year. There are certainly arguments for each. Here are just a few of the ones I found online:
Is 2016 the Worst Year in History?
Is 2016 Really One of the Worst Years in History?
31 Reasons Why 2016 Has Been the Best Years on Record
99 Reasons Why 2016 Has Been a Great Year for Humanity,
and my personal favourite, from everyone’s favourite Canadian astronaut: Chris Hadfield Reminds Us of All the Good Things That Happened in 2016.
Add to that the fire in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and then the recent 18-month high in the price of oil and approval of two pipelines out of Alberta, and it’s hard to decide overall what kind of year 2016 was. On a personal level, it’s much easier to determine, and I sincerely hope that you had more good than bad last year.
However, it’s now 2017 and it is time to look forward. Make a decision to have a positive impact on the people around you – get involved. Help others. Show people what it means to be kind and supportive – to treat people with respect. Take some time to invest in yourself. Try something new.
Have a look at this article: One Memorable Day, Once a Month. It suggests that we try taking one day a month to commit 100% to something. Anything. And to use that to grow. I’m going to try it and so are several of my friends. Why don’t you, too? It’s like a resolution, but better, because it’s only one day a month – totally doable.
Let me know what you think. Share what your plans are for 2017. What are you going to commit to?