Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

2014: What a year it has been!

I can imagine that year after year, people say something to that effect about the previous year. After all, 365 days is more than enough time for things to happen, both good and bad. Unfortunately, with the aid of media, bad news tend to spread faster and stick longer. As a consequence, many will think of 2014 as the year of lost/shot down/crashed airplanes, of ISIS and the killing of innocents, of racism, many crimes and more bad guys, etc. Those are just off the top of my head and for sure, there are many more.

On a personal level, 2014 was a year of many failures and victories. It’s also the year our family fought cancer head-on. Through this fight, however, we trudged on while witnessing and embracing the many gifts and miracles along the way.

Often enough, it’s tempting to focus on just the bad things. We sometimes don’t realize the countless invaluable lessons that these challenges impart to us. Most importantly, our troubles and strifes bring us people who truly care; people who give even when they know we have nothing to give in return. And this, to me, is the greatest gift of 2014.

Like the rest of the global issues, our family battle isn’t over but we look to the new year, 2015, with renewed hope. To sum up the past year, we laughed, cried, played, fought, smiled, failed, conquered…and we look forward to another round, another chapter in this book called life where the constant challenge is change and our constant armor faith, hope, and love.

Happy New Year, everyone!
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