Reflecting on 2017 – A Year of Tribulation and Perseverance

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ~ Confucius

It’s another cold winter day, the best time to sit in a warm corner of the house and reflect upon the year before the chaos of the holidays. When I started this blog a little more than a year ago, I had every intention of keeping it alive and filling it with vibrant contents at least twice a month if not every week. I did not know what to expect but the encouragement from family, friends and fellow bloggers were so riveting that I wanted to keep going. It is a place where I can share my joy, sorrow and experiences with the world and keep my mind inspired and motivated. After a brief break from all that had happened this year, I will restart my sharing and hopefully continue on for many years to come. 2017 is definitely a roller coaster year for me professionally and personally. It is also a year that I recognize what I/we can achieve with perseverance.

We were challenged by adversity at work in the beginning of the year and took us almost the whole year to recover. No matter how difficult the situation was, our team did not throw in the towel but persisted and grew stronger. Along the way I learned new skills and made new allies to strengthen our business. This experience also changed the course of my professional responsibility into a different direction. I don’t know yet what the future will hold for this new direction but I will take every opportunity there is to learn and enjoy the ride.

Visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial during a business trip.

In spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser and happier as a result. ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

My husband’s heart attack at the end of the summer was another situation that brought our spirits down. However swift it came, it left just as swiftly. Although it was only a few months ago, it felt a lifetime away. We carry on with our lives as normal as we can and make small changes each day to deter its presence. We started to hike again and decided to explore some of our neighborhood trails. The next step is to rekindle an old habit of meal planning and strict diet.

Exploring a neighborhood trail on a cold morning.

In spite of all these, there were still some happy and fun times. The short family reunion in Vancouver, B.C., the clamming and camping weekends, the relaxing road trip to Banff National Park and snowshoeing all define how we can still give the good fight and enjoy life at the same time. I always believe that things happen for a reason. It’s all about making the right choices. It is ultimately up to yourself to choose whether to move on from it or dwell into the abyss. You might say that it is easier said than done but remember that practice makes perfect. Life is too short to think about the what ifs, always take time to reflect on what is happening and learn from those lessons.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ~ Maya Angelou

Cheers everyone and happy holidays.




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