If you ask me, 2016 was a pretty tough year for many. From my side of the river, I watched as health issues again took its toll on many of our good friends and family members and although we saw many courageously put up a fight, we lost some good, loving people. The job situation for many was tough as the housing market became prosperous for those that already had homes, while some of the younger generation couldn’t save fast enough to meet the demands of the rising house prices, specifically in the greater Toronto Area. I could go on and on about the negatives. But there was something very clear to me. It was the will of people. For many times over, I saw individuals cry with their families and then look at each other and say that they have to find a way to get up in the morning, take one step at a time and love their families even stronger. I watched as individuals on trains and buses, went through the job section of the news papers and make notes. I watched many fill out applications for jobs in many public places and still had a moment to smile and say kind words to others. But thats not always easy. The stress of all of these things can take its toll on many so forgive the ones who find it hard to smile sometimes and be there for every love one that faces challenging times. But the will of many was powerful and brave and courageous and I believe that all who went before us would certainly be proud of what they see.
And as for the will of people. What did they do. They dusted the dust off, went out and got Christmas gifts for their loved ones and handed them out to each and every one and smiled and said, “This is for you, because I love you”. In the face of trying times, filled with stress and anguish, many were still able to show thats whats inside their hearts, is much greater than whats inside their pockets and also much more important.
For all of you. Again we will get up in the morning and shake the dust off as we face each challenging day, for the sake of our family and friends. We will look at each loved one and tell them that we love them and that we are there for them because that is who we are. We are people with a purpose, a prayer in our hearts and a will to love.