By Lorna Ramirez
Each year comes and goes and so will 2017. At the end of each year, we are always in the process of preparing, assessing and evaluating the things we had done and had happened in our lives. There are memories that can be forgotten but there are some that can linger on forever and that will always make us happy.
Both pleasant and painful memories would have happened the past year. For the unfortunate ones, this is the time to move on and try to embrace the coming new year with hope, new life and a new beginning. From the past mistakes, we can now set up new goals and aspirations. For grieving families who lost loved ones, remember to concentrate on the living loved ones who still need your care and support.
It is no use having a long list of New Year’s resolution. Based on statistics, only 8% of people will keep their New Year’s resolution. Nonetheless, remember that the choices we make will create and shape our future.
Be practical and sensible when making a resolution. Start with the easiest one, then take baby steps. When you feel you are ready, you can set or aim for your next goal. By doing this, it won’t create disappointment and frustrations.
Prioritise what is important, but consider as well that your changes will benefit not only yourself but your loved ones. Ask your family for support if needed and I am sure they will always be there for you.
I am truly thankful for the memories of the year 2017. It was the year that we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, the same year I had launched my third book and my first novel Moments of Love, Lust and Ecstasy. I also decided to continue my piano study and was fortunate enough to pass the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) for intermediate level.
This time I won’t be making any New Year’s resolution. Instead, I will continue my passion for writing, music and be supporting my charities, most especially The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Thanks 2017 for all the wonderful memories I have and I hope 2018 will be the same or even better for me and for all of us.
Happy new year to all!
Excerpt from my book My Innermost Thoughts
It is the choice we make in our lives
That makes life itself
Full of challenges and surprises
Hence shaping and creating
Our journey of life