When we come to look back on 2016, we will no doubt recall a slew of memorable moments that defined the year and how its impact shaped the destiny of many throughout the world. Perhaps the year can be best summed up in one word: uncertainty.
Since the start of 2016, the world has seen horrific acts of violence in Brussels, Orlando, Nice, Baghdad, and in many other places. No doubt, like me, you’ll have been shocked by the disturbing news of these events as they rolled across our screens and appeared in our newspapers.
But no doubt, like me, you’ll also have been encouraged by the many people who banded together to pick up the pieces, standing or walking in solidarity as they showed through their collective example that nothing can break the human spirit in its enduring quest to see the abundant good that remains, to work to build a better world, to respect and serve each other, and to push ourselves forward even in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity. When we stand together, we always come through in the end.
This year, we have seen people in the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union which, for better or worse, will certainly have an impact throughout the world. I’m sure we all have our opinions on the matter, and yet we all remain in the midst of uncertainty, waiting to see what’s to unfold in the road that lies ahead.
Currently in the United States, we are seeing a fiery presidential election campaign between two candidates who stand in stark contrast to one another. Again, the outcome of the election will no doubt send ripples across the world, but yet we remain squarely in the midst of uncertainty.
As someone who has faced many challenges throughout my life, known periods of uncertainty, and felt every emotion possible during tough times and when standing at the crossroads, I want to share with you three reasons why I remain ever-hopeful and optimistic, and why my faith is resolute and unyielding that we’ll always come through in the end, no matter what.
1. Regardless of our difficulties, we have the strength to carry on.
Think of all the hardships and challenges you’ve had to overcome in your lifetime. Think about how hard some of those tough times seemed like impossible challenges, and how you were sure at the time you didn’t have the strength to push on.
And yet, here you are, testament to indomitable human spirit, having overcome your challenges and been made stronger and wiser for it. Even when times appear at their most fragile, we all carry within us a reservoir of strength that’s ready to meet whatever life throws at us.
There is always a ray of hope in the midst of gloom.
2. Regardless of the uncertainties we face, we choose always to express the best of who we are.
It’s easy to read the news or scroll through social media and think that there’s so much insecurity, harsh judgement, hatred, division and fear in the world. But when I go out into the streets of Malaysia or when I travel across borders, I am consistently inspired by the number of people who seek to connect, serve others, help the less fortunate, and offer a listening ear or a helping hand wherever it’s needed.
Yes, there are a lot of problems in the world and there is still much to do, but it’s important to keep our eyes open to the enormous amount of good that’s being done by so many people on a daily basis.
3. Regardless of our fears, we make sure love always wins.
We all have fears. In our personal lives, our professional roles, the fears we harbour for our children’s future, and for the world in which we live. Most of us have some degree of anxiety about what goes on around us and far beyond.
Nevertheless, when we encounter the many people we come across daily, we’ll find ourselves always willing to do what we can to make each moment count in being there for others, whenever and however they need us.
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Article first published on LinkedIn.