2016! Happy New Year!

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tfss-deff9926-b8eb-4e9d-9af4-82d570afe734-imageA year has ended and a fresh one begins. For many, New Years Eve is a day spent reminiscing on the  roller coaster we call life. Some memories come at speeding at us like an avalanche while others we search for with the help of the ones who remember the most.

2015 was a rough year for me. It was full of heart break, change, and a blur in my vision. Many cling to the dropping of the New Year ball as a reset button, giving you a chance to start fresh in all areas of your life. For me, it’s a chance to find joy in the situations of last year and be hopeful for next year.

One of the best movies I  watched this year (I watch very few movies) was Inside Out. [Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t had a chance to watch this movie, i suggest you do. If you don’t want it spoiled for you, skip these next few paragraphs.] The movie, Inside Out, is about the inner emotions of a girl named Riley and follower her from birth to teenage years. It characterizes the emotions we feel as well as the other things that go on in our minds. In the mind is where the five emotions live. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness all live in the control center. This is where memories are processed and sorted into each of the categories.

The movie starts with the emotion of joy.  Then slowly the other ones come in. As Riley grows up, she develops core memories, these are memories that become pillars in her identity. These core memories were always joyous memories The plot shifts when Sadness touches a core memory and it turns from yellow (joy) to blue (sadness). In the end Joy learns that some of the joyous memories began with a different emotion but it was turned into joy.

Before writing this, i tried to find joy in this year and it was tough. I was then reminded of a passage in The Bible

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4(NASB)

After reading this, looking back at 2015 was joyous. Through all the things that happened I, first, am still alive and second, I have more wisdom than i did at the beginning of the year. Stepping forward into this new year I will be smart enough to avoid the problems I had last year and brave enough to know that this years problems cannot stop me from pursuing my dreams.

I want to encourage you, A fresh start or a new beginning isn’t  going to make your problems disappear. A refreshing wave of hope is what you need to see above your current circumstances and see that tomorrow is always brighter.

-Jonathan