2016 – Embrace Life

An array of thoughts and emotions

My intention in December was to make my first 2016 post exciting, especially considering it has been so long since my last post! I was going to talk about how life and the new exciting experiences that life in Kenya has brought before me. I will save that for another day.

We all start a year with New Year’s resolutions. You may have not have declared it to the world on some form of social media but don’t lie to yourself, you made at least one!

I’ll be kinder.
I’ll lose weight.
I’ll work out more.
I’ll eat healthier.
I’ll talk to my family more.
I’ll play less video games.
I’ll watch less TV.

The list goes on.

The New Year tends to start with joy and excitement, counting down until the clock strikes midnight. We scream and shout and are joyous to start a new year! 2016… WOOO! I celebrated on the beach while watching incredible fireworks and was in the company of close friends.

A NEW Year!
A NEW beginning!
A time to live in love, live life to the fullest and embrace life!

It is a new year, there is reason to celebrate. Bring on 2016!

In the past 2 weeks I have been reminded through too many tragic events and many joyous occasions that as the New Year is upon us we need to remember that life is only here once and how we live it impacts everyone around us. Life needs to lived with purpose, not as a grouping of resolutions.

We don’t know what each month, week, day, hour, minute and even second holds for us.

I celebrate with those in 2016 that welcome a new baby into the world, who are now engaged and those who are simply rejoicing.  Embrace each moment that is the first of 2016 or the first as a mother, father, brother, sister, wife and husband. Embrace life and all that comes with it.

However, I also mourn with too many who have experienced tragedy in 2015 and 2016. In a moment many have lost family members, young and old, will experience this whole year as the first without someone, trying to remember the good times and finding joy and laughter in the memories. Comfort those around you who simply need a listening ear, a hug, an over abundance of prayer and love.

I don’t understand tragedy, and it is hard to make sense of any of it let alone explain it. What is the hardest for me to explain is sadness and joy happening at the same time.

How and why does all of this happen at the same time? I don’t know. But God has a peace that passes all understanding and our finite eyes and mind cannot make sense in the midst of it all.

Weep for those who weep and shout with joy for those who celebrate.

Let go of the resolutions. Instead live a meaningful life. Embrace life, and actually embrace it. Don’t make that a resolution but make it a habit. I don’t care if any of this is cliché, what is even new anymore? Don’t think you have to impact the whole world but impact the world around you. Live life. Use the 86,400 seconds per day with purpose.

Every second counts.

I look to the hills. Where is my help coming from? I’ll tell you where it comes from! It comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth!!
Psalm 121:1-2

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

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