Learn, Laugh, Love

How has 2015 treated you so far? It’s only been a week, yet so much has happened around the world, both good and bad. We started the year with our hopes and dreams, and our resolutions to live healthier lives. And then it was just another day at the office.

But for some it was their last.

None of this is fair. 2014 had already taught us just how fragile life can be: aviation disasters, the Ebola virus outbreak, acts of violence in various parts of the world… Will this ever end?

“The look of excitement on Pandora’s face quickly turned to one of disappointment and then horror, for Zeus had filled the box with all the terrible evils he could think of. Out of the box poured disease and poverty. Out came misery, out came death, out came sadness – all shaped like tiny buzzing moths.

The creatures stung Pandora over and over again and she slammed the lid shut. She could still hear a voice calling to her from the box, pleading with her to be let out. Nothing inside the box could be worse than the horrors that had already been released, so she opened the lid once more.

All that remained in the box was Hope. It fluttered from the box like a beautiful dragonfly, touching the wounds created by the evil creatures, and healing them. Even though Pandora had released pain and suffering upon the world, she had also allowed Hope to follow them.”

Yes, there is still hope.

We have lived such incredibly blessed lives. There is unspeakable joy in being alive, safe and healthy. I couldn’t ask for more, except to wish the same for everyone else. So here’s to you:

As we get older, let us be wiser too. There will be times when we weep, but more often there will be times when life makes us laugh. And on the days that we see our loved ones, reach out and hold the hand of someone you care about.

We learn, we laugh, we love. We live.

Cheers, and happy new year.



(The story of Pandora’s box was taken from here, with minor adjustments.)


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