The sands of time have slipped through from 2014 to 2015. Another year has passed and a new year has begun. As I sit back and reflect upon the events of the past year, I start thinking of the events that took place during the year 2014, and my initial thoughts are that it has been an eventful year in every respect, and certainly not the best period of my life…
But wait a minute, I tell myself. This is negative thinking – something that I am trying very hard to avoid. And it is at this moment that the words of Zig Ziglar come back to me – make a list of things that you are grateful for. In other words, count your blessings. And that is exactly what I sit down to do – to contemplate on the events and to connect the dots, because, as Steve Jobs said, the meaning of events becomes clearer when you think back to the past, and it is often in hindsight that one is able to connect the dots and see a pattern emerge, and this is exactly what I did. I sat down to make a list of things that happened in 2014, for which I am grateful, and I find that the more I look for it, the more I find reasons to be grateful for. It is only a matter of making an honest assessment, and reflecting on the past does give one a vantage point – a clearer view, so to speak. Things that were not clear when they happened seem to suddenly become clearer and leap into focus, and I see a pattern of blessings emerging, as I list them all down one by one. I will not bore you with the details, but here are some things that I am grateful for…
I am grateful to God for letting me wake up on each day of 2014 and to have been able to lead a healthy life.
I am grateful to God for giving me the strength not only to go about my daily routines, but also to be able to discharge my duties and responsibilities.
I am grateful to God for a wonderful family, and for their support to me. I am grateful to God for making them my pillars of strength.
I am grateful to God for some wonderful friends and well-wishers, who have stood by me in times of need and who have constantly encouraged me to do well in whatever I have attempted. I am grateful for their moral support in bad times as well as good times. They have proven time and time again that they are not just fair-weather friends, and can be relied upon in any season.
I am grateful to God also for my detractors AND also my fair-weather friends, for they are the ones who made me realize who my true friends and supporters are.
I am grateful to God not only for the mistakes that I have made, but also for the wisdom to learn from those mistakes.
I am grateful to God for all the things that could have gone horribly wrong, but didn’t, simply because God was watching over me.
I am grateful to God for all that I did achieve in the past year, and also for the fact that I am alive in yet another new year, for that will give me another opportunity to work on what I could not achieve.
I am grateful to God for all the failures that came my way, for they will now become my stepping stones to success some time in the future.
And with so many things to be grateful for, I can now focus on facing the challenges of the coming year with a lot more confidence. I humbly Thank God for that too. I am ready to face 2015.