Custodio: Welcoming the New Year

I WILL be in three places this coming New Year. Wow. I realized this while I was having brunch with my good friend Hadji. Yes my yearly travails start on the New Year this coming 2018 and I can't help but feel a bit conflicted about it! I am thankful that opportunities that come not too often have come to me but at the same time that I won’t be at home “New Yearing” with family and friends. I have only been away from the family once before this and that was a long time ago. I have always made it a point to be home as the old year dies and the new one rises which is pretty much how I prefer spending Christmases as well. There is something about not being home for the holidays that makes me feel queasy. I have often thought how the house would feel lonely if we were not there.

So, there is always a possibility for the unexpected to come forth and it has, quite unabashedly, on the 23rd. It is a pleasant surprise but still, it left me thinking about how plans can change on such short notice.

Now that the New Year is coming, we are given new chances to improve and make things right and better. It is a new lease on life that we should always welcome with open arms and much resolve, right? Most of us have probably made our new year's resolutions already, an annual attempt to make things right which unfortunately almost always, remains an attempt. (But at least there was an attempt.) Hahaha. I, too, have been guilty of making lofty resolutions that I never fulfill. Yep. But really, with each failed attempt to fulfill a resolution was honest intent to be better.

As we prepare to ring in the New Year, let us reflect on the good and bad things that happened in the past year. I know that the whole city has recently suffered a huge blow from the typhoon and fire and we all feel downtrodden because it happened so close to Christmas and now we are welcoming the New Year with that in mind as well. Tears and heartbreak undeniable, but we need to push forth and go on with our lives. As we do, we send sincerest condolences and our heartfelt prayers for those who have been affected. It is the worst time for these things to happen, true, but that’s life. We have to learn to bend in the direction that allows us to survive an ordeal the best way we can without losing compassion for those who need it as well as appreciation and gratitude to those who have made extraordinary attempts to make us feel safe and better.

To all the firemen, responders and volunteers who have risked their lives, braved the dangers of flood and fire to make things better, daghang salamat. It is not easy, what you did. Salute to your dedication and firm resolve to do the best you can. We appreciate all your efforts and are thankful for it.

I hope we all have a better new year. I sincerely wish that on the last day of the year, you come to realize that you have achieved a lot. I hope that it inspires you to try and do more worthwhile things and attempt to achieve more in the coming year. Let us all pray for each other, that we all can weather every storm that may come. May we all remain positive and look forward to the coming new set of 365 days with hope and faith in our hearts. Like we have all managed to survive 2017, we shall be on top of things this 2018! Happy New Year Everyone!!!
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