2015 is going to be a better year, personally and globally. It was the optimism, ignorance, perhaps even arrogance in me when I made the claim to a dear friend. Not that 2014 was a horrific year but there were many tragic events we could have done without. Too many tragic events should never have happened.

To name a few:

  • Ukraine Crisis. (02-18-2014)
  • Nigerian School Girls Abduction. (04-29-2014)
  • ISIS Seized Large Regions. (06-10-2014)
  • Israel Conflicts with Hamas in Gaza. (07-03-2014)
  • Airplane with 298 on board was Shot Down over Ukraine. (07-17-2014)
  • Ebola Virus Outbreak. (07-30-2014)

We are an intelligent species, I think. Yet here we are less than a month in the new year and negative words attached to devastating images populate news headlines. Add the Internet and it is incessant, inescapable and difficult to turn away from, should it be your option.

I won’t go into details of Charlie Hebdo. This sobering display of ignorance has been bandied about enough. Per usual, politics is discussed while the victims and their families are lost between the lines. Lives forever sullied and changed. This is the true tragedy.

Nor will I provide further fodder on the massacre at the savage hands of Boku Harem.  Once again, victims lay dead yet outside the periphery of the masses macabre interest and talking points. Sad.

What I will speak to is how 2015 is going to be a better year despite the heart-breaking start.

We cannot forget the losses. We cannot forget the insane, senselessness devastation. We cannot forget evil does reside beside us. What we can remember is light also lives. Hope still lives. Resilience still lives and our strength is boundless in the face of adversity.

It is in times of darkness and deep sorrow when we look inside and recall our power. We can conjure up our light, our hope, foster resilience and acknowledge our strength and say, “evil will not live here.” We will mourn but until the last breath is drawn, we can refuse to allow fear and terror to hold us hostage. Then and only then will my optimistic prophecy for a shinier global 2015 meet actualization.

Please join me in dispelling the dark.

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”  ~ Winston S. Churchill


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