Happy New Year 2018 to YOU!!

Ushering the New Year amidst Hawaii’s Aloha Tower. Opened on Sept 11, 1926, 92-years ago, the Aloha Tower is located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor.

HAPPY New Year 2018!

When I started this blog, I had no large expectation that anyone would take time to browse through it and least of all actually comment. To my surprise, real people who apparently share many thoughts and feelings as I do, DID browse, and DID take time to comment and actually say nice, and positive  comments!  As a self-professed writer, this is truly heartfelt and appreciative!

May I thank all of you for your supportive, and kind comments!! I enjoy reading your thoughts!

A personal note: I am sorry but as much as I’d want to, the decision not to, prevailed over my current situation as I am currently unable to respond to blog comments. I hope in time, this will change.

You see, what is so awesome is I’ve received comments from people reaching out from everywhere including other countries! This is so humbling, because it just proves the world is larger than I ever thought, and that there are many people who share my thoughts and sentiments, which means; I’m not alone!  I reach out to all of you reading this: WE ARE NOT ALONE!

As I reflect, I’d like to share some random thoughts….

It’s 7-days into the New Year 2018!  And, I am catching up with life just as many of us have been doing, whether it was the days leading up to the New Year, or the moment we realized that “another year” has passed, or when we sat alone away from all the noise of merriment and suddenly got in touch with our inner self!

I have many moments of self-reflection. It comes when I “seek” explanation to situations or interactions, often situational, often inspirational, often out of sadness, frustration, disappointment, often when I wonder about the quality of life, mine as well as others.

Often, when I wonder if the direction I’ve been on is where I want to be?  It took me a while for me to get here today, and I am okay with myself at this point in time.

But is there really an end?

From what i can tell, the answer is a tiny, no. Because I continue to grow. And with growth, there is every opportunity for changes to occur, and these changes may or may not impact my life.

Let us see what others have to say about this. From: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/journey

I think we all suffer from acute blindness at times. Life is a constant journey of trying to open your eyes. I’m just beginning my journey, and my eyes aren’t fully open yet.  Olivia Thirlby

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.  Lao Tzu

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.  Oliver Goldsmith

The only journey is the one within.  Rainer Maria Rilke

Each one of us has our own evolution of life, and each one of us goes through different tests which are unique and challenging. But certain things are common. And we do learn things from each other’s experience. On a spiritual journey, we all have the same destination.  A. R. Rahman

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.  Arthur Ashe

Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.  Kevin Conroy

Believe me, my journey has not been a simple journey of progress. There have been many ups and downs, and it is the choices that I made at each of those times that have helped shape what I have achieved.  Satya Nadella

Life is a journey and it’s about growing and changing and coming to terms with who and what you are and loving who and what you are.  Kelly McGillis

Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it’s up to us to choose which way we’re going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side, it doesn’t mean you have to continue your journey that way. You always have time to turn it around.  Taraji P. Henson

It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.  Tyler Perry

Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.  Tim Cook

Self-reflection is an individual thing. And why not?

Because, YOU are you, and there’s only ONE OF YOU in the entire Universe! That in itself, makes you unique and special!  Therefore, every moment of your self-reflection is an intimate moment whereby you really weigh in things; that are important to you vs. those things that are not important to you. It is a moment, whereby you really weigh in things; relative to you and other people, your situation and whether it is meaningful or not, caring or hurtful.

And yet, we live our life as it is, the daily side of trying to make sense of oneself, and in relation to the world (people) around us. Sometimes we are triumphant, sometimes not. Mostly, I think just a balance of averages oscillating in waves of chance.

Living life  in this world isn’t easy. Sometimes we feel so different, sometimes we might feel distant of other people, or the mix of people we are currently around. This mix can be a good mix of happy, decent, caring people. Sometimes it could be a mix of unhappy, indecent, and uncaring people. Sometimes it’s all situational. The important thing to me, is always ask: Who am i, really?  Can I accept myself so that others may accept me?  And if others don’t accept me, then there must be others who will.

This all gives a huge glob of hope, that if you ever feel as though you are a victim of a situation; there’s hope that you can change it (if possibly desirable), or quietly move on to a kinder situation. The thing is, in changing your situation ensure that it doesn’t hurt you or others.

Be mindful too that changing a situation from bad to better may take time, and may be a progression to work towards.

The world is larger than we think it is!

Given time, and your inclination to seek and be patient, you will meet people who are happy, decent and caring. I wish this for everyone for the New Year!

If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends. Enoch Powell