Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Farewell To 2017

The year is quickly coming to an end, and as I reflect on the past 12 months, I ask myself whether I’ve done the best I can, been compassionate and patient and thoughtful enough, met my goals, practiced gratitude, respected the earth and nature and all living beings, opened my heart and mind, grown as a human being, made peace with myself, and lived in the moment while dreaming about the future. There are no easy answers. In some areas I have done well, in others I must strive to do better. But all in all, I feel like I’m on the right road. Learning. Growing.

I also ask myself if we have advanced as a species, what the state of the world is, if we’ve made any positive differences, whether we are headed in the right direction and if things are as bad as many of us think.

It is ironic to me that in a world where information and knowledge is available to us at the click of a button, the majority of people have a dismal view of the world. Because if you dig a little deeper, beyond what the media would have you believe, things are in fact getting better not worse.


The facts show that overall we are healthier, more tolerant, better educated, freer and more aware of the world outside our immediate domain. Poverty rates are declining, and we are more literate and less violent. We have accomplished some amazing things in the last few decades but only few of us know it.

We should not lose hope. We should not buy into the constant negative news. We should not allow ourselves to be controlled by fear. That’s what stirs emotions. That’s what causes drama. And that’s what sells. But that’s not what’s true. There are unsung heroes we don’t hear about. There are advancements that are not newsworthy. There are inspirational stories that are never told.


Look around. There are individuals rising up, speaking out, uniting and shaking the very foundation we stand on. We are forcing change. We are protecting the vulnerable. We are speaking up and marching forward. I find that 2017 has been an extraordinary year in many ways, especially for women. Just think about all the powerful men that have been called out for their abusive behaviour, and held accountable. All this because of unity, courage and perseverance. The human spirit cannot and will not be oppressed and contained. Together we are pushing for equality and justice and progressiveness. And making progress whether we believe it or not.

I do not share the pessimism that is weighing down many. And no matter what kinds of challenges I’ve faced (and am facing) personally or how many challenges we are dealing with globally, I remain optimistic about the future. I also bid a warm farewell to 2017. Because no matter what, I was blessed with 365 more days on this beautiful planet with everyone I love.

I look forward to 2018 and new beginnings. And I hope you do, too.

Happy New Year, my friends! Peace, love and joy to all of you.



52 comments:

  1. What lovely thoughts from you today Martha...they certainly made me stop and think.
    I too am adopting a new fresh attitude...everyday is a new beginning...
    Happy New Year my dear...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. A Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. What a wonderful year you've had with the addition of a second granddaughter. How beautiful! And what a lucky little girl to be born in such a loving family and to grandparents that will create many amazing memories with her!

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  2. We are nothing without hope. Happy New Year, Martha!

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  3. I love this post Martha :) It's very hopeful and encouraging. I am also doing some reflecting on 2017 this afternoon. You wrote a lot of food for thought in this post. I don't share the doom and gloom either, but I guess I've kind of lost interest in society in general mainly due to the media. I think that if things were really as bad as they want us to believe, we'd be feeling it more. I have hope for the world, but I will focus on my family and nature all around me. One of my goals is to be a better person for the Earth. That's something I need to work on a little more. And spiritually, I am spending more time in that department too!

    I hope you both have a lovely evening and I wish you all the best for 2018! I'm so happy we met and I consider you a wonderful, fun-loving and thoughtful friend! :) xx

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    1. Thank you, Rain! That is sweet. And I feel exactly the same way. Every now and then I run across someone exceptional on my life's journey. You are such a person and I am so glad we crossed paths.

      Your goals for the New Year are inspirational. Imagine what a world this would be if we all walked a little more softly.

      Happy New Year to you, Alex and all your fur babies. Good health and happiness for 2018.

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  4. Well said, Martha - excellent message! I am strongly with you on these points. Our perception of the world can be quite skewed if we read only what makes the headlines. There are many other sources of information, especially if one is on the internet, that show another side to today's world. Science and think-tank websites are two such examples, and personal blogs that show the beauty and kindness in the world are yet another. I, too, continue to be full of optimism for the world, even while recognizing the problems. And I, too, am glad to have had this year that is closing. Wishing you and your family the same peace, love and joy that you wished your readers, my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I love your optimism. We can make the world better but it's not as bad as we think. Happy New Year!

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  5. Que tengas mucho poder para ser feliz en este 2018. Saludos y un feliz año de parte del Blog de Boris Estebitan.

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  6. I wish you and your family a great new year!

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  7. Great post and so true.

    Happy New Year!

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  8. Hi Martha, nice blog! :) Wish you a Happy New Year, dear!

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  9. I let go of many negatives in my life during the past year. It feels good.

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. Happy New Year Martha, my word is 'Hope'.

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  11. Hi Martha, how are things with you? HNY

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    1. Hi Terry! I'm so glad to hear from you. I've been thinking about you all day and POOF here you are :) Things are okay. How about you? HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  12. We never quite know what the new year will be like

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  13. It's really great to see someone with a very positive out look on the future. You have elegantly laid out the case to support your view that things are getting better. aAreat 2018 to you and the best many in your life. Keep up the good times om Plowing through Life

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  14. I'm certainly ready to say good-bye to 2017, and start afresh in 2018!

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  15. Thanks for your positive words as we begin a new year. Happy new year to you and your family!

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  16. I tend to stay away from the news because it is mostly negative and depressing. I wish they would report on more positive stories and have more balance.

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    1. I totally agree with you. There is too much negativity and it really brings people down.

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  17. Great post Martha. I had a wonderful 2017 because I did release all negative attachments (well maybe a few remained but I keep forgiving them). I know it is in our attitude and our willingness to forgive and then to set for an intent for love to enter in where fear. We are growing and waking up- all of us and in some cases it's what is in our face that makes us finally choose to ask for a different way to see things. Anyway - all the best to you and your family. We need more attitudes like yours and this world will be transformed in 2018.

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    1. I'm really glad to hear you had a wonderful 2017. It's rare to hear that and that is quite sad. Hopefully 2018 will bring more positivity to everyone. Happy New Year!

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  18. Marvelous writing dear martha!

    world is growing to it's both sides as well and our optimism let us to be stick with better one .

    keeping eye on half filled glass make give us strength of hope and hope is most loved by our Creator ,hope is seed planted into the ground of faith only ,noting else can make it grow so i am glad you chose to be positive against all the odds by looking at the rsing of goodness around us :)

    Happy new year dear friend ,wishing you and precious family a healthy ,happy and peaceful year !

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    1. Thank you, Baili! Happy New Year to you and everyone you love. Wishing you all the best.

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  19. We need more positive vibes like yours. I tend to be of the opposite nature, that is why I surround myself with people like my husband, my best friends and my blogging friends like YOU! Your positive lifts up my negative, so much that I become positive! It really does work this way!

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    1. It sure does, Kay. I have down moments and my husband lifts me up. He is an extremely positive person. Happy New Year!

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  20. Wishing you a yours a Happy New Year.

    All the best Jan

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  21. Martha, SO happy to have you as a FB/blog friend! I love your optimism and I agree that there are lots of good people doing great things in this world.
    Happy New Year.

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  22. Wonderful post. I hope 2018 is better for all.

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  23. Very inspiring thoughts. I might print out this post and display it on the 'fridge' and vanity mirror. Time to climb out of the pessimism hole and look for the the light! Thank you.

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    1. I hope it helps, Toni! I need to remind myself of this regularly. It's so easy to feel pessimistic with the amount of negativity thrown at us!

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  24. I'm reading your posts backwards, and wishing you lots
    of good healthy, happy steps ahead.

    Bring on 2018 with a great big side of boogie boogie.

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    1. Thanks, Wonder Woman! I hope 2018 is a rockin' good year for you in every way!

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  25. I'm with you, Martha! Despite everything looking so bad on the surface, there are many wonderful things going on in the world right now. I have great faith in the essential goodness of humankind.

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    1. I do, too! It's the negative news we're smothered with that makes people think otherwise. Happy New Year!

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