The Year That Was, The Year Yet To Come

I want to start this letter by first wishing all a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2011 was a roller-coaster ride of sorts. There were some bad moments but definitely a lot of good moments. In some aspects I’d even say this was the best year yet.

The highlight of 2011 was the wedding of my brother to his long-time girlfriend and now wife Imee. Their wedding was held last April. It was also my first time to be a best man.

I was really happy to see my brother finally settle down. His might only be the only wedding my immediate family sees, so I was really glad it turned out well.

One of the best things this past year, just shy of my brother getting married was that I finally got my hands on a Trilogy 100 ventilator. More than the fact that I was finally able to buy it, the journey towards getting it was much better.

Several friends all pitched in to help me get it. A couple ran marathons to help raise funds for it, several donated from their own personal pockets. All-in-all my friends raised about half the amount I needed to buy the new ventilator.

The other half was courtesy of Philips Respironics and their local dealer here. Through the help of their regional marketing manager, I was able to work at a deal with Philips to help them promote the Trilogy 100 locally in exchange for a hefty discount. That was really something else.

I’ve been enjoying the Trilogy 100. It’s allowed me more freedom to go out and live my life.

I’m grateful that this year saw a lot of blessings, in family, work and other aspects of my life.

It’s taken some adjustment to life at home. My brother has left the nest so to speak, leaving just my mom, dad and I. It’s been a little quieter at home, but life has to go on and all things must change.

Work has been ok. I’m grateful for that, although the end of the year brought a little anxiety. I’m technically moving to a new employer. It’s the same job but now I’m working for my employer directly instead of through a third-party company. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen but in the end it looks like things are working out. I’ll be starting on the first working day of 2012. Hopefully this kick-starts the New Year with a bang.

This year has been blessed. I chose to focus on the blessings rather than the challenges. I’m grateful for the family, friends, colleagues, clients I’ve spent the past year with. All of which have touched and changed my life in one way or another.

For the coming year, I pray for blessings. Specifically for stability at work, better health not just for myself but also especially for my family and those who are close and dear to me.

There are all these talks that 2012 is the year that the world will end. I really don’t know. Only God knows when the world will end. Sometimes it seems that it’s coming true. A lot of disasters have come, floods, earthquakes, wars, etc. It’s quite scary. However I choose to believe in God. I choose to hope that good things have yet to come.

These disasters and unfortunate events should only remind us to do better. For things that are in our control we should strive to do the best we can and trust that everything will work out in the end. For those things that are not, we just pray and trust that God is looking out for us.

I wish you all the best. I wish you health, wealth, love, happiness and peace. I hope that the coming year blesses you as much as this year has blessed me, if not more.

In the coming year, I hope to spend more time with my family, exercise more, eat healthier. I want to be able to work smarter not just harder or longer. I want to rekindle old relationships that have been set aside due to time or other circumstances. I want to meet new people and build new relationships. I want to experience new things. Most of all I want to do things that matter, not just to myself but the community too. I want to make a bigger difference in people’s lives. Oh if possible, maybe improve my love life.

Happy New Year to all! Be safe as you celebrate the coming year.
God Bless!