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Better times ahead?

Posted on January 4, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Jamie Rieger
The turkey hangover is gone, the leftovers are dwindling down, and it’s time to get back to the normal routine. A new year is upon us and another chance for us to make improvements, and possiblky, give us something to look forward to.
There is no point in looking in the rear-view mirror, and quite honestly, who would want to. The past year brought plenty of heartache and upheaval for many people. Never before have I heard so many people welcome the end of a year than I have with 2016. For many reasons, lots of folks are happy to see it gone.
So, we welcome 2017 with open arms. Once again, we hope for better things to come, for life to get easier, for our health to improve, and to see much less suffering in the world.
We begin the year with gusto and enthusiasm, much like we do every other year. But this time it’s a bit different. The economy has been in the tank for far too long and too many Albertans have had to face extreme hardships. Can that start improving in 2017?
The world seems to have started spinning in the opposite direction as people vote for ‘change’ and revolt against the status quo. Change, by the way, does not always result in anything more improved or better than what it was before. Sometimes, change can be disastrous if the actions leading to the change are not well-planned. I think you can pick any number of ‘changes’ that took place in 2016 that would be applicable here.
Still, as 2017 rises over the horizon, it brings hope to us all. We strive to be better people, encourage and support others, and plan for a solid year ahead. Anything beyond our control is still going to happen regardless of how prepared we are. But at least at the end of it all, we’ll be able to say, ‘we did our best”.
Still, let’s close the door on 2016 and look forward to the upcoming year with optimism and hope. Happy New Year.

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