2016, in retrospect

I am saying goodbye to a year that has not been fabulous.

Heck! The year had not been good. In fact, for many of us, it had been taxing, challenging, tough, sad, awful, and so on. We can relate and comprehend.

BUT, the year being generally bad instead good is no reason to feel so down and mope. I think some of us have enough goings-on that can cause days to be miserable so I’m going to look at the good that happened.

I am focusing on things that make me grateful and happy.

This year saw me gain not only 300 followers but also friends. Albeit only online, you are friends all the same. Thank you very much! I am always grateful for your support. You and your continued encouragement make me happy. Life is better with you.

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Outeniqua Pass, Garden Route, Western Cape, December 2016

Despite the negative, I must say that I have been truly blessed this year. You are a huge part of the blessings received in 2016.

We traveled a bit this year, mainly local but also to Asia (Philippines, with a long layover in Hong Kong). I am so thankful for them, really. I’d just like to apologize that I have not managed to post all that I wanted to share with you all. Perhaps I should sit tight in 2017 and only respond to my wanderlust once I have blogged all that I need to blog. πŸ™‚

I am saying goodbye to a year that taught me a lot.

It’s been a year of learning how to be brave and to stick it out in spite of me wanting to give up a few times.

I don’t deny that this year brought misfortunes and many unpleasant, even sad, events. However, if we really look, we will see that we have been blessed as well. If we are deliberate, we will be able to list down many things for which we can be grateful.

I am looking forward to an even better 2017 for all of us!

May we all be sufficiently blessed so we can fill our blog pages with joy.

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Thesen Island, Knysna, Western Cape, December 2016

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10 thoughts on “2016, in retrospect

  1. Dear Anne, I thought I had commented on your post about 2016 earlier, but I see that I haven’t. So let me say first that I hope 2017 is a better year for you! πŸ™‚
    But that said, I really want to commend you for your attitude of looking at the good things and the blessings among the misfortunes and sad events that occur in life.
    At this point in my life (I just turned 65), I can look back and see that it is always a mixture of good and bad and that how we experience it is due to what we choose to focus on. Putting our attention on our blessings not only is a way to feel better but I believe that it also brings about further blessings.
    Since you have chosen to focus on the good in life, I believe that more positive things are headed your way. Happy New Year 2017, Anne! πŸ™‚
    –Timi

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    1. Hello Timi πŸ™‚
      Happy birthday! Albeit belated..
      Thank you so much for your very kind words, for your support and for your encouragement! It means a whole lot to me. This is why I love my beautiful WP community – because of you and many more like you.
      I really do my best and I know that even at times when it’s really tough to “let go”, from experience, it truly is the better option. The letting go and the control issues are challenging but I’m always hopeful. πŸ™‚ Yes, we will always stay positive no matter what because we know best. And I will keep fighting. I want a full life. I don’t want to have regrets, at least not many. I’d like to be able to say that I lived and can happily say goodbye to life – when the time comes.
      We are going to have a terrific 2017 because we say so! πŸ™‚
      A happy new year to you, too, Timi. I wish us all a year that’s filled with the best of all that our hearts desire and deserve.
      Much love and hugs to you.
      Anne
      xxx

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