It seems everywhere I turn people are saying “good riddance” to 2016. I’m sure they have their reasons. In many ways, 2016 was a hard, hard year, and 2017 provides the opportunity to put it all behind us with the hope of a “clean slate,” a new start, and another “chance” to get things right.
But I hope as we are saying good-bye to 2016, we reflect on the good that came with the bad: For every death, there was a birth; for every loss, a victory; for every failure, a success. Even if we feel none of these positives, there are always lessons and gifts–even in pain, disappointment, and loss.
I encourage you to part ways with the “old” graciously. Eventually, there will be reasons to look back fondly.