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  • Writer's pictureChristine E. Agaibi

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Another year has gone by. Another year has changed us and molded us with its challenges, difficult moments, and with its good moments too.

This was a challenging year on the tails of another challenging year before it. Lost loved ones, lost dreams, lost opportunities, another pandemic year all challenged and affected people around the world. I don’t think any of us are the same people we were two years ago.

We have had successes and losses, seen the truth of people’s values, and have grown as a result.

The last two years, and particularly 2021, have challenged me to grow in ways I never expected. I’ve had soaring successes, and very difficult challenges to navigate. Much has come to light, resilience was challenged, boundaries were tested, and endurance was pushed to the limits.

But ultimately it is in the losses and challenges that we see the true colors of much and we become focused on the good and meaningful.

In the challenges faith in one’s self and faith in a greater purpose are what are enduring.

In the challenges we see that family and true loved ones are indeed everything. We see that when we are tested and pushed to our limits we ultimately dig deep, find what truly matters, and search for what is meaningful. Strength and resilience are in the endurance and in the holding on during the storms of life.

When challenges come strength and resilience are what help us to surpass those challenges. Having faith that tomorrow will be better no matter how bad this day, month, or year has been is what feeds that endurance.

We cannot carry life’s burdens alone.

We cannot determine what lemons life will give us.

We cannot control how others will treat us.

But we can believe in ourselves and believe in God’s good plan for us regardless of the circumstances.

When life challenges us, our faith, our endurance, our belief in ourselves, and our capacity for resilience, are the constants. Those that love unconditionally and have enduring and unselfish core values add to our lives and are our champions. They show us our value, and bring into focus what matters. In the end indeed only kindness matters.

As this new year begins think of all the possibilities yet to unfold. Think of the goals yet to be met. Think of the challenges yet to overcome. Think of the values yet to grow. Think of the relationship yet to cultivate in kindness and love. Think of the resilience yet to achieve. Think of all that is yet to grow. Think of the hope of this moment on the precipice of a new tomorrow and a new year! Close the chapter on this year but learn from it. Grow from it. Thrive from it! Let its lessons not be in vain. Set boundaries that will help you to grow and enforce them. Challenge yourself with new goals, dreams, and possibilities! Surround yourself with kindness and unconditional love. Do not shrink yourself for anyone. Show compassion. Breathe.

Be resilient and thrive!


Resilience is not the absence of difficulty. Resilience is not denying or ignoring difficulty. Resilience is the ability to transform from difficulty. It is the ability to meet challenges head on and transcend difficulty and flourish beyond it. How will you transcend challenges of the last few years in the new year?

Happy New Year! 🎇🌟🎉🎆💕



Center for Authentic Resilient Empowerment


Resources attached if your need help this New Year…

Also link from one of my blogs from last New Year on how to be resilient in the new year.

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