The sun sets behind Himalayan peaks as viewed from the South Col, 26,000 feet, on Mount Everest.

Welcoming the New Year

The sun sets behind Himalayan peaks as viewed from the South Col, 26,000 feet, on Mount Everest.

The sun sets behind Himalayan peaks as viewed from the South Col, 26,000 feet, on Mount Everest.

And now we welcome the new year.
Full of things that have never been.

~ Rainer Rilke ~

As 2015 draw to a close, I find myself – like all of us – reflecting on the year that was, and looking forward to the year that will be.

For me, 2015 was a year marked by intense highs and lows, but all rife with learning and lessons, adventure and challenge. Below is a photo-timeline of the year, celebrating the moments of joy and pain: from vacation in the tropics to archaeology in the Himalaya, the loss of loved ones to the loss of much of a country I love and admire, to the caring, compassion, and generosity of so many to help.

As I look forward to 2016, personally I resolve to do more with the blessings I have:

  • I resolve to give more – of my money, time, energy, and passions – to the causes and peoples and places that inspire me.
  • I resolve to get angry less – at the people and politicians who seek to divide rather than unite, who aim to be fear mongers rather than peace advocates – and adhere to my belief that we are all one, rising and falling together on this ship we call Earth.
  • I resolve to laugh more, to climb more, to repair my damaged back and adventure more.
  • And, most importantly, I resolve to spend more quality time with my wife and children, laughing, loving, and learning as we go through life.

Ultimately, I resolve to follow this quote by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

What are your resolutions for the coming year?

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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