As the end of the year draws near, it brings a time of reflection.
This year has undoubtedly been a year that has impacted us all in so many different ways. The events that have taken place have pierced our hearts, given us restless minds, shaken up our lives, brought fear, and uncertainty.
But even in our darkest moments, through life’s challenges, there is hope; and hope shines a light, gives peace, and brings clarity and direction. Especially in times when all faith is lost. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Hope is rooted deeply in faith, so as we hold onto hope, our faith will be restored.
“Celebrate ends – for they precede new beginnings.” – Jonathan Huie
Everyday precedes new beginnings, this means we can experience newness every day of our lives, not just at the opening of a new year. Every day we can make changes in becoming a better person, a better version of ourselves.
One of the greatest ways to do this is by having a heart of gratitude. When we think of all the things in our lives that we are truly grateful for, it brings joy and a sense of fulfilment. Sometimes we can have a feeling of lack, always wanting, always seeking; without realising everything that we need is right in front of us.
Gratitude can open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to something greater than ourselves. Life in itself is a reason to celebrate, with every precious day bringing new windows of opportunity – so seize the moment, don’t let it slip by.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – C.S.Lewis
We all need a little encouragement when things get tough; when our dreams feel impossible to reach and our goals too big or difficult to achieve. This is why it is important to surround yourself with those who believe in you and help you believe in yourself. Reminding us that we can do anything that we put our minds to.
Set big goals, dream the impossible and watch it unfold before your eyes. Encourage a loved one, a work college, a business owner or a stranger today. This may just ignite a flickering flame and make it burn more richly and fearlessly; awakening dreams and exciting hearts as a small encouragement goes a long way and can mean so much to the receiver.
“A loving heart is the truest wisdom” – Charles Dickens
Now more than ever, it is true to say – life is a gift. Whatever we do on our life’s journey, do it with love and kindness. Give of yourself freely, without expecting anything in return; and remember, everyone has a different capacity of love and will show love and kindness differently to others. No matter how big or small it may be, it will never go unrecognised once done from the heart.
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives” – John F. Kennedy
We just want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your loyalty, support and encouragement this year. We are truly grateful to you all, we couldn’t have made it through without you.
Wishing you all the very best for 2021. May the New Year be filled with joy, peace, good health and many new blessings.
With Love and Gratitude, from the team at Cognito Hair
31st December, by Shareefa