A new year’s resolution?

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Send off 2017, welcome 2018 Fireworks

What does the beginning of a new year mean to you? Do you perhaps want to lose those extra few kilograms, or do you solemnly swear that you will stay positive in all situations coming your way in 2018?

The start of a new year may hold a lot of different meanings to everyone, but the one thing that everyone yearns for is pure happiness! While you are looking forward to a year full of financial breakthroughs or weight loss after over indulging during the Festive Season, bear in mind that there are people dealing with far greater challenges than you would ever be able to bear.

The Excelsior News took the opportunity to speak to people on the streets of Mkhondo during December and through all the various religious, cultures and races, one thing is certain – people want to be happy! One lady stated that she does not want to be rich; she just wants enough to live comfortably.

Another said that there was no money for a holiday but, it was still well spent with family and friends. Some wake up every day and hope that their vegetable stall will make enough money for the day so that they will be able to feed their family, and others walk the streets in search of something to eat as they haven’t eaten in several days. Some have been unemployed for several years and the worries pile up as there are four children in school and no food on the table.

As you are looking at your beautiful holiday photos and wish the holiday was a bit longer, others are forced into a financial crisis due to reckless spending during the holiday. What is your new year’s resolution?

Is your resolution focussed on yourself and what you want out of life or is there room left for lending an extra helping hand to people who desperately need it? Maybe we should all reconsider the things that give us joy and happiness. Will you ever have enough money? Or will it be the end of your world if you don’t have the latest version of a cellular phone?

Do you know what will bring you undeniable joy and happiness? The smile on a less fortunate person’s face when you help them without wanting anything in return. That is the type of happiness that money can never buy! May you have a prosperous 2018 and stop chasing after material things in search of happiness and contentment but rather focus on the things that can’t be bought, but that will bring you inner peace.