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Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!


“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Borland

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

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Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. Brad Paisley
At the end of the day, it’s all about what’s on the shelf at the end of the year. Steve Coppell
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. Neil Gaiman

Can you believe the year is finally coming to a close? It seems like only a blink of an eye ago when we were celebrating the start of 2017. It was a year that held great hope and promise for many and yet, it served up its share of pain and misery. Through all the challenges, we marched on, demanding to be heard, asserting our rights, mourning the loss of many great ones, and sharing MeToo stories. By the time some of you read this, it wold probably be 2018 in your part of the world. It is still 2017 in my neck of the woods and I am savoring every last minute of this year. I wanted to end 2017 with a post. It’s a post to say Thank YOU for all the experiences that sharpened us, emboldened many and set the stage for a better, braver year ahead. Above is a video that speaks to the heart of how I felt about the year and, hopefully, we can all take some wisdom from the message and get on with the fine art of living and showing kindness to our fellow men/women. Since the teachings of others can offer much wisdom, I have included a selection of my favorite quotes to help us along as we wrap up 2017 and welcome another year… Hurray to 2018!

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“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.'” Alfred Lord Tennyson

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Year’s end, all corners of this floating world, swept. Matsuo Basho
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. Richard Bach
As the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one. May He grant us His grace, His tranquility and His wisdom! Peggy Toney Horton

What has stood out most in my mind? To stop sweating the small, petty stuff and be grateful for those special serendipitous moments that show up in our lives. There have been some very hard times, some health challenges, and some very sweet miraculous events. The miracles reminded me that we are never alone in our struggles, and that the more we believe, the more the gifts are revealed. I showed up for my life this year and stayed the course in going to the gym and getting fit. For that I am proud. I also spent much needed quality time with friends and my large, extended family. Even though there were some health issues, I pushed through and continue to heal. There has been much to teach one about humility and I am grateful for those lessons. The grace of living life with gratitude is to see the doors opening as we walk towards them. The gift of a life well lived is to remember others and their needs. For 2018, I wish you all peace, love, and abundant blessings. Leave the old wounds, slights and worries at your doorstep and trust that the new year will bring great gifts and opportunities for growth. Upwards and Onwards! Good Bye 2017 and Welcome 2018!

Thank you All for the wonderful support you’ve given me this year. I would not have stayed the course without your loving feedback and encouragement. May the coming year be fruitful and productive for all of us. What are your thoughts? How did you spend New Year’s Eve? What do you wish for 2018? Do share! Thank you.

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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – Finally  –   This week, write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Stay tuned

Have a peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip:  End the year on a high note. Cherish the good, release the greviences


PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  End of Year, Happy NEW YEARlucky symbols, via PixabayAND/OR via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

28 Comments leave one →
  1. nausheen1shaikhgmailcom permalink
    01/01/2018 1:26 am

    This article is really inspirational & full of positivity…keep sharing the good word !!
    Thanks .


  2. 01/01/2018 1:46 am

    Happy New Year!


  3. alainamonster permalink
    01/01/2018 9:09 am

    I totally agree that 2017 just flew by! 2017 was the year I learned to go with the flow more too. Looking forward to 2018 for sure! Wishing you all the best in 2018 😀


  4. Karla permalink
    01/01/2018 10:59 am

    I love when you said “stop sweating the small, petty stuff and be grateful for those special serendipitous moments that show up in our lives.” This is something I will be doing. Thanks. Happy New Year.


  5. Whimsy Soul (@TheWhimsySoul) permalink
    01/01/2018 12:42 pm

    I love your reflections! This year really flew by and it’s nice to reflect on all that happened.


  6. Kendra permalink
    01/01/2018 3:19 pm

    During 2018 I also plan to stop sweating the small stuff. It’ll help relieve so much stress!


  7. Aïchatou Bella permalink
    01/01/2018 8:00 pm

    Id have to agree with you that 2017 flew by! Of course I’ve had some bad days but thankfully there were more great ones!
    Have a wonderful 2018,
    Aïchatou Bella


  8. Alexa Brooks permalink
    07/01/2018 5:27 pm

    It’s hard, but stopping sweating the small stuff is a major goal of mine.


  9. Alexandria Vassallo permalink
    07/01/2018 5:43 pm

    It is hard to believe we are already in January. It just seems like it was yesterday that it was summer. The time has gone by fast… I can not believe it.


  10. Emily Fata permalink
    07/01/2018 5:48 pm

    It looks like you’ve had a super eventful 2017!! I hope your new year is amazing and filled with endless happiness and adventure! 🙂


  11. thetennisfoodie permalink
    07/01/2018 8:08 pm

    I love all the photos! You did well last 2017! I know 2018 will be a much bigger year for you.


  12. Shell permalink
    08/01/2018 5:26 am

    2017 definitely just flew by for me…. I can’t believe it’s already gone but I look forward to the blessings of a new year! I wish you a very happy new year!


  13. lavandamichelle permalink
    08/01/2018 5:53 am

    I love the idea of not sweating the small things. I have added that to my list of positive outlooks for 2018. I spend New Year Eve with my loving husband, watching movies, while the children stayed up as late as possible with their cousins to watch the ball drop. It was nice and fun. I am grateful for all the possibilities for 2018.


  14. Cheryl permalink
    08/01/2018 1:19 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this post. Such a great way to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. My new years resolution was also to not let small unimportant issues get to me and think of the big picture – I get stressed out far too easily and I know that – so that’s what I want to work on for 2018 (along with eating healthy and exercising more of course). I hope 2018 is good to you!


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