It’s so easy to look back on 2016 and call it your worst year yet. We got neck deep into an economic recession, pay checks got pay cuts while market prices soared and a bunch of people lost a lot to ponzi schemes…I’m sure far worse things happened (disease, death, heartbreak, betrayal etc) but instead of focusing on the nasty, I choose to be grateful for 2016 and usher in 2017 with a heart of gratitude. So here are 16 things to be grateful for as we draw the curtains on 2016!
1. You are alive
A lovely woman I know, lost her life a couple of weeks ago and just three months to her wedding. She was killed by a disgruntled steward (may her gentle soul RIP) :-(. So many have died this year. There are mass killings happening in Kaduna, we all should be grateful for life, I know I am.
2. You are healthy
I work with HIV patients at the teaching hospital and every day I interact with dozens of very sick people. It just makes you appreciate good health.
3. You have a job
So many people got laid off this year, so many others couldn’t find employment. If you have a job, no matter how crappy you think it is, you need to be thankful!
4. You traveled from point A to B without getting robbed, kidnapped or maimed.
We all did some form of traveling this year and despite the news we heard about car accidents, plane crashes, kidnaps and robberies we arrived our destinations safe and sound every time.
5. Despite the economy, we had some spare change for data, turn ups and junk food.
It might not seem like a lot but more than half of Nigeria’s population live on less than a dollar a day so by many standards you are considered upper class.
6. You didn’t pay lastma or FRSC exorbitant sums of money this year.
It’s something to be thankful for, if you doubt it just ask someone who got caught!
7. You had light albeit interrupted
Some people did not have power supply for the 12months in 2016 and some of them live in Lekki!
8. You got paid a salary even if it was delayed or incomplete
So many Nigerians in both the public and private sector didn’t get paid their salaries for months on end and are not even sure if or when the arrears will be paid.
9. You didn’t break up with your significant other this year
So many relationships, marriages, partnerships and friendships went awry this year. If yours is still intact and thriving you had better be thankful.
10. You didn’t invest all you had in a ponzi scheme
Yes you may have lost a big chunk of your savings but aren’t you glad you didn’t invest your house rent, school fees or business capital into the ponzi scheme? Be thankful that you didn’t lose more than you did.
11. You didn’t break the internet
So many people broke the internet this year and 97% of them did so for the wrong reasons so isn’t it enough to be thankful that your nude pic didn’t leak online, you weren’t arrested for theft or fraud and naijagistlive had no tea on you this year?
12. You met your deadlines
Think about all the crazy deadlines you had this year especially the ones that seemed virtually impossible to achieve but they are now in the past and they didn’t break you so that’s another reason to be thankful.
13. You didn’t bury a loved one
So many people had their heart’s broken this year because they had to bury a father, brother, mother, sister, grandparent, spouse, relative, friend or significant other. If you were spared such misery you have to be thankful.
14. Even with the dollar skyrocketing, you still paid your bills
You watched the dollar fly way beyond your reach but it didn’t stop you from paying your bills, going on trips and shopping online so that’s another reason to be thankful.
15. You got some of the things you wished and prayed for in 2016
Yes I know all your needs weren’t met but some were and that’s enough reason to be thankful because at the start of 2016 you had zero guarantees that you’d get some of those things but you did!
16. You have hope
Despite the economic recession, despite the hardship and tribulations you still have hope and that’s a reason to be thankful because there are some who are hopeless and despondent and they are the most miserable of all.
So you see 2016 wasn’t as bad as you thought it was…2017 will be an awesome year for us all in Jesus name…Amen
Counting down to the new year…
I moved my blog back to WordPress for several reasons that I won’t bore you with (just in case you were wondering about the URL change). I really want to blog more in 2017 so fingers crossed (won’t make any promises tonight). Have a great evening chutzpah FAM and thanks for not giving up on me…