Myrna Aquitana_LighthouseEvery New Year, most of us wish to have a “prosperous” one where we aim for “the best” that is “yet to be.” It is a time of hope for “better things to come,” as well as a time for reflection on past challenges.

In one of Robert Browning’s most famous poems he wrote: “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made. Our times are in His hands who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half;’ Trust God: see all, nor be afraid.”

Some of us have a zest for life, no matter how old we are. Though we’re all a year older on New Year, everyone of us seeks for the extension of youth, that’s why we revel on New Year’s eve to celebrate and hope for the “best that is yet to be.”

In our case, we have several sorority sisters who have health challenges. Collectively, we have been praying for their safe recovery. There is this one particular sorority sister who, just recently was with us, “dancing the night away” in a Christmas party at the scenic and famous Castaways Restaurant, but she suddenly was rushed to the hospital due to extreme weakness. Gladly, she is now home recuperating. She is one of those that this writer so fervently wish that this New Year will bring her strength to overcome her health challenges, as I have known her for almost 50 years.

Two  senior sorority sisters have also been battling their own health challenges as well. One has been in a coma for some time now; she used to be the Medical Director in our country’s largest health facility. One other esteemed sorority sister used to live here in the Southland but opted to go home to be treated there and be with her family to face the realities in her life. Similarly, a younger sorority sister in the Midwest has had her own battle with the big C as well as another one in the Bay area. But these brave ladies accept their challenges quietly with the hope that their prayers, along with ours, will be heard by Him above.

People face various challenges in life, be it health, physical, spiritual, moral or financial challenges. All of us have experienced them at one time or another.

This writer has visited quite a few wounded soldiers who face physical challenges to rehabilitate themselves. They look for the brighter side of life and are still thankful for the gift of life that they have, which enables them to help others along the way who are in similar situations.

Further, another friend who used to be an atheist, was recently stricken with severe illness. He then discovered that the spiritual side of his being was what he was missing in his life. He then decided to spread the word of God through his preachings and he now encourages others to listen to him to help them in their salvation.

As for others who are facing financial challenges, crises like these come and go. One can’t always stay down because the challenge is to get up and find something meaningful and significant which might be impossible but is likely probable, if one puts their mind to it.

So to all of you dear readers who are currently facing similar challenges, our New Year’s wish is for all of you to have good health and lots of blessings for a great life that is yet to be. May all of you have a joyous and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!