Goodbye 2012

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”

–      Martin Luther King Jr.


So it begins!  The New Year is around the corner and most of us are in hopes of a better future for the 2013 stage of our lives.  I am so stoked about the New Year that it has been all I been talking about. Before saying hello to 2013- I want to say goodbye to 2012. Here it is:

Dear 2012,

I started on your path with very specific high hopes and dreams

what I didn’t know is that the Universe  had other plans for you

As much as I wish I could say that this year was amazing

I have to admit it was one of the hardest I ever had to endure

I learned so much while on your journey and I have to say you changed my life

The lessons I learned have forever changed my destiny but I am grateful because

through these lessons I will have the courage and strengths to help better the lives of others

In your year I was taught to be grateful for all of my blessings and to value my time

I was guided to stand in front of hundreds of less fortunate people and tell my story

to give them hope and help them believe in miracles

I learned to be a little more patient and I learned to respect and cherish those around me

I figured out how to find happiness within me and through illness

I learned how to honor and take care of my body

None of these lessons were easy to learn. I felt like giving up so many times but each time

I kept pushing because I knew the Universe’s tough love would mold

me into a person of honor, integrity, and love

With these words I say good bye 2012 and thank you for these lessons that I will forever

value and carry with me.  Your journey has been bittersweet but nonetheless, unforgettable.


A year in review can be very eye opening when you stop and take a close look.  I strongly believe that every challenge we encounter was specifically designed to be brought up to our attention and teach us a valuable lesson in order to improve the quality of our lives.  It is our responsibility to learn these lessons however hard they may be and just like Dr. King did, we must transform the suffering into a creative force.

Hardship is brought upon us, not to make us miserable, but to make us wiser.  Not to bring us pain, but to teach us how to create joy.  It tests us and pushes to the edge in order to revamp and refine us.  And just as Rumi says, “If you are bothered by every rub, how will you ever be polished?”

Take a look at your 2012, what can you take away from it?  How can you turn 2012’s “mishaps” into a lesson of value?

As I step into 2013, I am confident that there will be new lessons waiting, but I am grateful for each one to come because I know that with each lesson, I become a better woman.


  • quetoqua

    Reply Reply December 28, 2012

    These past few days, I’ve been trying to submit to myself an “end of the year report” type of thing lol so much and so little have happened. But as I’m still trying to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of my personal 2012, I wanna welcome the new year by giving it the color green. Green as its universal meaning of growth and balance, and from where I’m from, as hope! And I deeply wish it will mix with yellow – joy and happiness – and red – ambition and power -! These are the colors I choose to set my mood toward the upcoming new year!
    Thank you Sol for all the inspirational words you send out through your posts, they/you radiate so much positive energy!
    Happy new year 2013 to you and all your fans!

  • Vesta Moscardelli

    Reply Reply January 10, 2013

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