and Holiday Cheer...
As we begin to wind down 2016, I look back at a year that was marked with challenges for many people I know and love. My life changed in ways I did not imagine or expect, and some of those changes were painful. At the same time, I've seen many blessings. Like spending extra time with family, getting more involved in the community, and meeting amazing new people. Things I wouldn't have experienced without change.
One thing I believe deeply is that while we cannot control everything around us, as humans, we have tremendous capacity within us to make the most of each day. To place greater focus on the bright, positive things in this world, and to spread hope and warmth to people we meet. Especially this time of year, it is important is to share love, empathy and respect to those who need extra kindness to lift them up.
Wishing all of our friends, neighbors and loved ones a beautiful holiday season, and here's to a hopeful, joyful and prosperous 2017!