Re­main­ing op­ti­mistic for New Year

The Compass - - OPINION -

In the words of the Si­mani’s “The Mum­mer’s Song,” “Please God, we will see you next year.”

No mat­ter if it was mostly good or mostly bad, 2014 is over and now it’s time to look for­ward to 2015. It’s a new day, a new dawn, a new be­gin­ning and a new chance to fix the things that you might have done wrong the year be­fore — well, that’s how I look at it any­way. The glass half full and all.

We are so lucky to have this chance to start afresh. As with most of us, we may have lost loved ones last year. I’m sure they would want us to con­tinue and live our life to the fullest, en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate each and ev­ery day. We will miss them. No doubt about that, but we will fondly re­mem­ber them too just as much.

We will look back and think of each cel­e­bra­tion we shared with them. What they said, what they did to make you laugh or put a smile on your face. It surely won’t be the same as hav­ing them there in per­son with you, but they will be there in spirit. They will be there with you when you least ex­pect it. You might be hav­ing a rough day and a song will come on that will in­stantly re­mind you of them. You could be hav­ing a great day and maybe ac­com­plish some­thing that you never thought pos­si­ble. Just look up and say a lit­tle thank you and tell them that you know they are with you.

It’s all eas­ier said than done I know, but as the old but oh so true say­ing goes, time does heal, even­tu­ally and slowly. A piece of your heart might die, but as hu­mans, that piece can grow back and re­gen­er­ate. That feel­ing of loss will never leave you, but get­ting up each day and tak­ing one day at a time does work.

My cousin, who is also like another sis­ter, said it best after she lost her dear fa­ther; “En­joy your fam­ily my friends. And re­mem­ber ev­ery mo­ment. Take it all in!”

We are so lucky to have this chance to start afresh.

— Ce­leste Delaney-Loughrey writes from Afax, Ont.

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