Year End

In the final hours of 2016 it seems appropriate to look back and forward. On a personal level it has not been an easy year and I know that the same is true for many. For me there have been challenges I would have rather never faced, but there was no choice. It was sink or swim,  so we’re doing our best to swim. The words of Dory in the film Nemo come to mind – “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

I know 2017 will bring more challenges. Some I already know, so I can be prepared, but there are the hidden ones that take us by surprise, that can knock us off balance. I just hope that I will find the grace and strength to meet all these challenges head on.

From a blogging perspective, I have enjoyed the experience of writing, commenting and engaging with the WordPress community. Thank you to all of you who take time to read and comment. It astonishes me that someone halfway across the world would be interested in reading what I have to say. It is humbling. In a world where it seems that we are becoming increasingly divided it is an important lesson. It shows me that we have more in common with each other than we think. Perhaps in 2017, we can spend a little more time finding similarities with each other, and in so doing learn to respect each other and the differences that will inevitability be there too.

There is no magic wand. But there is humanity and each of us in our small way can do a little to change things. It may be as simple as sharing a smile with a stranger. Little steps. Often we are not even aware of the suffering of those around us. But by sharing a smile perhaps we can bring a little light, a little bit of hope into that person’s day.

So here’s too a brighter and more hopeful 2017.

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33 thoughts on “Year End

  1. Eliza Waters

    It is humbling and heartening that our blogging friends come from all over the world! In truth, I believe that everyone has more in common than differences. It all boils down to what we choose to focus upon. So here’s to celebrating a year of seeing more commonalities! Happy 2017!

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  2. Lita Sollisch

    I second that thought. From, New York, USA Happy New Year!

    On Sat, Dec 31, 2016 at 3:48 PM, Murtagh’s Meadow wrote:

    > Murtagh’s Meadow posted: “In the final hours of 2016 it seems appropriate > to look back and forward. On a personal level it has not been an easy year > and I know that the same is true for many. For me there have been > challenges I would have rather never faced, but there was no choic” >

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I am glad you have enjoyed reading Cherie – and I hope you have a very Happy New Year there in Washington State.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Excellent – the more the merrier! I have started working on mine and I look forward to reading yours!

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  3. Jane

    Yes, quite a year for the range of experiences. Surprised, I suppose, that you feel humbled as I enjoy and feel lucky to read your blog and what other souls have to say. Here’s to 2017 then with my sincerest best for you and your smashing family. Jane xx

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