Written Victor Uyanwanne


A few hours from now, we will all be bidding farewell to the year 2015 and embracing a brand new year 2016.

Just like anyone else, I know you have plenty of hopes and expectation for the coming new year. But before we finally draw the curtains on 2015, I thought we should have a few things to reflect on over the outgoing year.

I am sure there are milestones that took place in your life this year that you would not want to forget in a hurry. I for one, will remember 2015 as the year in which this blog was ‘accidentally’ started. If the feedback I get on the posts here are anything to go by, then I can gladly say that I have enough reasons to be grateful as the Sun sets on 2015.

For an average person, irrespective of the geographical location, the year 2015 presented them with opportunities for celebration or for mourning or for anything in between. No one of us is unfamiliar with such… At one point or another during the outgoing year, we all experienced the good, the bad and the ugly.

But whatever might have happened to us in 2015, let us put a positive construction to them.  That way we will not be depressed and we would be better prepared to face the challenges of the coming year. 

I said that because I am aware that not all things that happened in our lives in 2015 were all bright and beautiful. For instance, I lost my aged mum in the course of the year. So effectively I have became an orphan in this year 2015 (pushes back tears!).

I miss my mum; that need not be said. But rather than continue to wear a mournful look over her demise, I have decided to focus on the great life she lived. That way I am able to cope with the irreparable loss as I began the new journey of my life without her. (You may want to look at the Tribute To My Mother).

Likewise, the remaining hours of the outgoing year should afford you the opportunity to begin to refocus your gaze rather than having to regret over your not-so-fruitful chase in the course of the year.

Now that the year is ending, here is from me to you:

  • Find more reasons to be cheerful than you can find to be tearful.
  • Count your blessings not your loses.
  • Focus on your gains rather than on your pains.
  • Be thankful, not regretful.
  • Say ‘cheers’ rather than cry ‘jeers’.
  • Appreciate that one person that made a difference in your life rather than begrudge the multitude of people that may have disappointed you.
  • Thank God for the answered prayers rather than be bitter about the yet-to-be answered ones.
  • Think of the faces that smiled at you than the ones that frowned at you.
  • Celebrate the positive developments in your life rather than continue to regret over the negative ones.
  • Put a positive construction on the not-so-bright and beautiful things that happened to you in the outgoing year.
  • My point is: No matter how hard, find a reason to be grateful for the outgoing year 2015. That way, you will be bettered prepared to usher in the new year 2016.

Happy new year in advance.



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