As we ring in the new year it’s important to recognize the special symbolism that the New Year brings.  It is the first page in a blank book. You can write a phenomenal story.

As Auld Lang Syne teaches us, Happy New Year messages should speak to new beginnings and fresh starts, as well as a time of reflection. Last year, left us with much to ponder after one of the most trying, unpredictable years we’ve endured in recent memory.

The year 2020 caused many to slow down whether you wanted to or not. Some homes rekindled the importance of family time, while others individuals rediscovered their passions in the pandemic downtown and turned them into new careers.

At the cusp of COVID-19, I was feeling sorry for myself because of the things I was not long able to do like catching a movie at the theatre or hugging my parents tight. I missed spin classes and trying on new shoes at DSW. 

I straightened up my attituded, exhaled and got my mind right. I’m overflowing with blessings. What has 2020 taught me? That gratitude is powerful.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough,” Oprah Winfrey has said.

I’m grateful for being able to hear, dance and sing. I’m grateful for having family and friends near and far. I’m grateful for God’s mercy and grace. And I’m grateful for the sacrifices made by my ancestors so I can have this dream job.

I can’t thank my dear esteemed advertisers and readers of UMOJA Magazine enough for your endless support. Without you, we would not be able to carry the legacy torch forward.

Like laughter, I believe gratitude can become contagious. So, what are you waiting for? Pass it on!