As the clock strikes 12 tonight, a new year will be upon us. We will look back on 2015 and think about all the good things that happened in the world during the year. Iran and Western powers met a landmark agreement, nearly 200 countries brought about signs of progress on the global effort to fight climate change, German Chancellor Angela Merkel inspired nations by opening her country’s borders to refugees, at a considerable cost to her reputation, and we saw China finally abolish the one child policy.
However, 2015 was also a year of frightening and tragic events. From Nigeria to Syria, the shores of Greece and Turkey to the streets of Paris and the popular tourist resorts of Egypt and Tunisia. This year, more than ever, was a dangerous time for our world.
If anything, this reminds us that time is precious. We must value every moment with our friends and loved ones. We must take the lead in giving more, living more and being more. Seize the moment, listen more, reflect more and dream more. And remember, your time on this earth is a gift.
We at LEJON would like to wish you all the best for the New Year ahead. May it be filled with joyous moments and lots of success. As the clock strikes 12 tonight, let us all embrace 2016 with a living hope for our world.