Firstly, “good” is relative.
Secondly, “good” is subjective.
As we see the rear of 2008, each of us will brand it with different stamps, “good”, “bad”, “success”, “failure”, “heaven”, “hell”, etc, the choice of which determined by our different yardsticks.
If somehow we drew a rather negative conclusion, let us not forget the ultimate objective of these yardsticks. We gauge our past performances so that we can better our future performances. It’s only natural that we feel bad if we failed in certain area, or areas, or every area, or in all and everything that we did, what happened can never be altered (unless you have a time machine – if you do, please give me a ride! PLEASE!!). While we can’t change the deeds, we can certainly change the way we see the deeds.
As we wave goodbye to 2008, I hereby wish that all of us have the humour to embrace the past with optimism, the bravery to face up to our failures, and the wisdom to turn the negatives into positives for our future successes. And may we be appreciative of all that we did manage to achieve, and be thankful for surviving yet another year.
As we welcome 2009 (which, by the way, is the year of Ox in Chinese Zodiac), events are going to unfold. To some extents, we can never control what’s going to happen around us. But the angle from which we see these future events, the willingness to extract the positive elements from them, the feeling or emotion that we let grown within us in observing them, however difficult, is certainly within our command.
Therefore, on top of wishing you a prosperous 2009 and a successful 2009, I would wish all of you all the best in making it a Good 2009, a Great 2009!
May we welcome the challenges brought by 2009 with wisdom, courage, and a fearless spirit. And regardless of what is going to happen in 2009, may we all be the masters of our hearts.Happy 2009!!