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Make 2017 A Year For Healing
Valley Daily Post
The year 2016 was a contentious one on many fronts and for many people, me included.
I can’t remember how many times I heard people say what a strange year it was. Perhaps it was no coincidence that I chose to do a lengthy series on energy in 2016 considering all the talk about energy, namely with regards to what people were dealing with.
Although there were a few people who seemed unscathed by 2016 the majority of people I ran into throughout the year had nothing good to say about it.
There were many unexpected losses in our area as well as throughout the country. Even Hollywood suffered incredible, and unexpected, losses, up to the last week of the year.
On my end I could write a novel about the horrendous year I had. Between the loss of family members to death as well as the loss of family members due to estrangement and even the loss of a little bit of myself for seeing people I love suffer for those and other reasons, there was more loss than I have ever experienced.
These things can really do a number on an individual and on a community as a whole.
For the past several years I have had a fairly positive outlook on life. I have learned to take responsibility for my feelings, actions, and myself lest I give anyone else power over me.
This alone has been incredibly liberating.  Most of all I have tried my best not to ever plunge into victimhood, which is where we have absolutely no sense of power over our own lives.
This is the place of hopelessness and blame, where we point the finger and refuse to look within for answers. This is where we finally throw our hands up in the air and say, “Why me?” and, “What did I do to deserve this?”
Many people live in a nearly constant state of victimhood.
I was never one of them nor did I ever really feel I was a victim, but I have to admit that 2016 sent me pretty darn near close to that place.
I never thought I would speak of a year as an actual entity, which essentially translates into a type of energy, with the power to do something like that. I’m not sure the year itself could be blamed for this; however, as I believe it was more like the collective energy.
It seems when one bad thing happens we can generally deal with it but when two things happen it becomes much more difficult and so on. When an entire community is dealing with these things it can feel suffocating.
Some people believe things will only get worse in 2017. I’m generally an optimist so I am going to say it will get better, but in order for that to happen I truly believe the community, and world, as a whole must seek to turn it around.
I don’t have all the answers nor do I even have any definitive suggestions but I do know there are things we could each do individually to change our own lives simply by changing our attitude. I believe joy is contagious but in order for those of us who have endured suffering to actually experience joy we must first feel gratitude and love.
Self-love is the most important, as we could never have the ability to love others until we love ourselves.
Gratitude comes next, because in order to feel joy we must stop dwelling on the negative and start thinking about the positive. When it seems life keeps kicking us while we are down it is difficult to be positive.
This is where we must look to those around us and the “little things,” so to speak, and say, “I’m so grateful for my friends, spouse, children, etc….”
Even things we always take for granted are fair game, “I’m grateful for my vision; my body, which allows me to work, run, play; my mind, which allows me to create and to think.”
Let’s start 2017 off with a spirit of love and gratitude and make it a point to do this daily. Let’s make 2017 a year for healing.
Author’s Note: Stay tuned for my upcoming e-book, “Nature’s Presence, the Column, Volume I” containing the first 50 Nature’s Presence Valley Daily Post columns. Catch up on anything you missed!