2012 has ended with fireworks, a couple of beers, and a lot of babysitting; it was not fun as some people would describe it but I enjoyed it totally! I had videoed the fireworks and had wanted to share that beautiful moment with you; try imagining this, I was holding up the phone, risking the closeness to the fireworks display, doing my very best to record down the whole process while enjoying it – only to realise at the end that I missed one step – pressing the record button! Yes, it was one of those embarrassing moments! Well, I had a good laugh at myself! It was an awesome reminder that new year is a chance to forgive – starting with myself. I am grateful for this moment.
The New Year’s Eve was also subtly reflective as I observed the people around me and spending time with three little angels. 2012 has indeed been a year of excitements, love, broken hearts, and challenges! However, I believe that everything happened for a reason.
When I was penning a New Year greeting to send to my friends and associates in Whatsapp, a perfect message appeared in my mind – a speech by Claire Morgan, a character played by Hilary Swank in the movie New Year’s Eve.
I wouldn’t start the new year without sharing this inspirational speech of Claire Morgan with you:
” … and as you all can see, the ball has stopped half way to its perch. it’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the new year, to stop, and reflect on the year that has gone by, to remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken, the times we opened ourselves up to great adventures … or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt, because that’s what new year’s all about, getting another chance, a chance to forgive. to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more, and to stop worrying about what if… and start embracing what will be. so when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other, and not just tonight but all year long.“
Indeed, new year is a great time to reflect on the year that has gone by! Yet it is also a long wait to reflect on the year. In fact, we should break down the yearly reflection to monthly, or even weekly, or even (ideally) daily reflection. Just as it was mentioned in the speech that we be nice to each other, kind to each other not just on new year day only but all year long. In 2013, I want to go back to the basic of giving more, loving more, dreaming more, starting to embrace what I am, and counting my daily blessings. Most importantly – to live a Happy Life!
We were all born to live a life of greatness and there shouldn’t be any other way to live our lives except to unleash our full potential to become what we were created for. And a remind that time is all we have. As what Randy Pausch said, “Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.” This is so very true isn’t it?
Just to leave you a final thought, “If we do not start to live the life we were created for now, then when?”
Photo credit: Peter Stevens
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