Adiós 2013…..¡hola 2014

Adiós 2013…..¡hola 2014

The year 2013 is coming to an end and here we are, on the verge of welcoming 2014……

2013 gave us a lot and took away some too, am sure. To each his own; but this was another year going that the next can come...and the one after that. So, what say, we take a moment to look back on the year that went by and introspect a little? We've all gained some, lost some, dreamt a lot and achieved some. So while we revisit what we lost, let’s also make an attempt to concentrate on what we look forward to in 2014...
They say, "If you have built castles in the air, good thing, that's where they should be, now put the foundations below them." I find that a wonderful thought….to dream about something and then work towards making it come true....making it a success...seeing your dream come true right in front of your eyes…..definitely worth a try, isn’t it?

So this year, lets put the foundations below the castles that we built in the air...let’s get working towards the dreams we saw this year but couldn't fulfill. Let’s dream bigger, and work harder to see these dreams realize. Let’s work towards a better us, a better we...a better tomorrow for all of us. Let’s start by taking lessons from the year that went by and see what we can do better in the new one.

We saw a lot of changes in the society and the culture as a whole in this year...many felt things were unfair, many saw this as things should be. But no matter what your views, lets vow to be more open in our approach towards people. Don't we go to different places and meet different people from different cultures and of different temperament? Aren't we tolerant towards them all? So why do we have a problem with certain personal choices that people make? Yes, we need to be proud of our culture and not get swayed by modernistic ideas that we believe are not part of who we are. But can we forget the fact that it is our culture itself that expects us to be tolerant and forgiving? In the New Year, let’s vow to make this world a better place for our children. More open minded…more tolerant...more gracious.

Our grand parents, our parents and even us....we've been lucky in terms of enjoying the resources that Mother Earth has to offer. Our children, however, might not be so lucky. They may not get to see the abundance of natural beauty that we saw. They may have to fight for basic resources. All the plastic we have used in our lifetime is suffocating the planet...our children are already seeing unpredictable weather changes today...they are already seeing he disastrous effects of global warming…..they may not know it, but they might even have to fight for water tomorrow. Lets vow in this new year to be more responsible towards the environment. Lets plant more trees. Lets use less plastic. Let’s recycle. Let’s at least start an attempt to leave a better planet for our kids.

On a more personal note, let us be a little more decent as human beings. All the unnecessary violence and lust that is floating around is very disturbing and definitely unforgivable. Why not make life easier for everyone and keep the spirit of humanity alive? Let’s vow to treat every human being with respect. Let’s vow to give everyone their space and a chance to retain their individuality while we give them an opportunity to grow and fulfill their dreams.

Life isn’t always fair and most fights in life are designed to get us down. What keeps us going is a strong will and a positive attitude, coupled with a great sense of humor! This New Year, lets vow to find the humor in all things good and bad and strive to make peace with our shortcomings, our differences, our jealousies. Lets use them instead, to empower us to march on and make a better tomorrow for our loved ones. Lets vow to keep negativity at bay and embrace positive thoughts. "If you believe it, you can do it," they say; so why not believe in ourselves and take on the world with new vigor?

"Today is gone. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.
Every day from here to there,
Funny things are everywhere"
-Dr. Seuss
(Yes, I read Dr. Seuss too.... :-) )

Now, there’s a wonderful attitude to adopt. See the humor in things, do the right things. No matter what day, no matter what year, so long as you are thinking right, you are on the right track. Keep looking at the goal and keep moving ahead....but hey, don't forget to appreciate the beauty of the journey while you head towards your goal!

When you are gone, what people will remember is what you left behind.....but at the end of your journey, it is important that you look back and feel happy and satisfied for a life well lived.

Life is a journey, after all, not a destination. So, lets make a vow to enjoy the ride while it lasts....and with this wonderful thought, lets bid adieu to the year gone by....

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