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Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

Wow, we say here as the New Year comes round sometimes without our knowing, leaving the dusty trails of the year was.
It’s thrilling as one year casts its shadow over the other and people gleefully wave off the past year and hope the New Year will be better off.
Well they say nothing is predestined. The obstacles of the past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
It is a likely certainty that the New Year resolutions have all gone  As the starting point of all achievement is desire to go get it.
Either you run the day or the day runs you. One caution in the New Year is to remember that the past can hurt but you can either run from it or learn from it.
But not everyone entered the year with glee….or hope. In Washington D.C., dozens of homeless died from exposure to the harsh winter settings.
Homelessness cut about 15 years of someone’s life, says the City’s Homeless Service in a report.
A sad case is that of 50 year old Donald Stevens who died from kidney failure a day after he was handed keys to a home.
His homeless pals organised a two day memorial service for the tragedy.
Then there is what we call here, the do goods like the couple who on New Year’s Eve adopted 20 children on their own steam.
But not a good deed for the Santa Claus, who held up a bank in Memphis, Tennessee. Police said the man made away with some cash though.
Or the guy, dressed like Santa Claus who stole a car on the pretext he wanted to deliver gifts to kids.
That apart, everybody is now back on track, schools have reopened and college students returned to campus to freshen up.
For all its full steam ahead, putting up with snow fall and the bob racking cold.
Several western States are under the winter spell, winds blowing down trees and cars slipping from roadways.
When all is said and done when the going gets tough, we complain, murmur and threaten to return to old and familiar ways forgetting that we can’t help everyone but that everyone can help someone.
However long a journey is, it must surely come to an end.  As the year crawls, we need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same at we select our clothes.
Thought for the week – know your limits but never stop trying to exceed them. In international affairs, peace is a period of cheating between two periods of war.
By Rod Mac-Johnson
Tuesday January 10, 2017

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