Was 2016 really that bad?

So many people are posting on social media about how terrible the year 2016 has been. I agree that there has been too much violence, too many deaths and a presidential race that has divided our country, but I will not let that define my year.

When I read about a family that shares their top ten blessings with each other on New Year’s Day, it gave me hope and a great new tradition. I quickly listed my top ten blessings of 2016 that included the Cub’s winning the World Series as well as opportunities to travel and time with my loved ones.

Eight days in though, I am already thinking about what I am grateful for in 2017. That is the true blessing of this exercise; it is making me look at each day for good things to occur. I started a list already. When I am focusing on the positive, it is more difficult to see the bad, and it can keep me from falling into despair.

Count your blessings

                        Count your blessings

Even if I notice the bad, the blessing can balance it out, and can even help me have hope that more are coming my way. A Native American Proverb says, "Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way." Can I keep looking for the good and trust that more blessings are coming? I am going to try. Bring on the blessing of 2017!

All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.

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