Take the good with the bad

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December 31st prompts much reflection and recollection on the preceding year. We recount “the best of” and “the worst of” the last 12 months in sports, politics and entertainment, as well as our personal lives.

When we make New Year’s resolutions, we imagine a future with more health, happiness and prosperity than the past. We are people of hope on the cusp of a new year.

Even as we speak of and plan for better days to come, we can acknowledge that we often gain most not from what goes well but what goes wrong. We grow in our mistakes, our trials and our flaws. Life is full of ups and downs, and its variety shapes us into the people we are becoming.

In 2013, resolve to live more fully and completely. Resolve to see opportunities in challenges and blessings everywhere.

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