I am a great believer in the adage… “When you’re green you grow; when you’re ripe you rot”, in layman’s terms, every day is a school day and we are always learning abut ourselves and the world we live in. When asked about lessons learned from 2013 I think of one word. Perspective. Defined, it means a mental viewpoint or outlook: it gives us true understanding of the relative importance of things, a sense of proportion and where we as individuals fit amongst this bigger picture we call life.
Now I bring this up as we were only discussing this the other day at a round table discussion and thought it only fitting to share it here with you all. I, as no doubt many of you, have faced a number of challenges this past year on both a professional and personal front and will no doubt continue to do so going into the new year, however we must be thankful that we are still here living, breathing and trading when you consider the state of play within the economic landscape of the past few years.
Now before we all get lost the hullabaloo of the week ahead and the vortex of the season of giving lets just reflect on what has happened in the last 350 plus days and put it into perspective. In January 2013, 39 International Workers were killed in a hostage crisis in Algeria; in February, Russia was hit by an Meteor; in April, bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon; in June, flash floods and landslides kill more than 5,700 people and trap more than 20,000 in India. September saw Islamic militants attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi; November saw Typhoon Haiyan obliterate the Philippines and Vietnam. Not to mention the recent Glasgow helicopter crash at the end of November.
Now I don’t mean to be the voice of doom and gloom, it is not in my nature. We all have the right to see life from a different perspective and that’s what makes us all the individuals we are. However when reflecting on the lessons learned this past year I think all I can say is that I am happy we are still here on our journey. No doubt it could be better, but only we can make that difference.
In life everyone wants to be happy and nobody really wants to feel pain. But you can not make rainbows without any rain. If I can leave you with one thought to carry into 2014, remember this.
“Happiness is a Conscious Choice” Mildred Barthel
Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2014 to everyone.