Like most of us, I too had many ups and downs during the past 12 months. But no matter how dim individual situations may have looked, I survived and achieved.
And as days passed, I realized how much I grew from each experience. For example, here in the USA, we had an extremely negative 2016 presidential campaign. Following the night of ballot counting, expectations were dashed, dreams were shattered, and a nation was truly surprised. However, throughout the campaigns and elections, the nation still stood.
I mused on the idea of how Francis Scott Key might have felt when he penned The Star-Spangled Banner. After witnessing Maryland’s Fort McHenry being bombarded in 1812, he awoke to see a lone US Flag flying over the fort. He was grateful that the fort still stood.
I, too, am grateful for the joys and pleasures I garnered during the last year. From the little things, to the much larger ones, I am thankful for all my experiences.
As we approach another holiday season, you too should take time to reflect on your many blessings. You may get some ideas how to proceed by viewing this short video.