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December 31st, 2014

Reflecting on This Past Year and The Year Ahead

By Ron Nakamoto

I don’t cry often or easily but the article below brought me to tears. In 2014, my father passed away. “My” (actually Lee Brower’s) dog Scooter was put to sleep. My 92 year-old mother reached the point where she doesn’t really remember me anymore. This past year, I broke a woman’s heart and alienated several other people because of choices I made and things I said. I’ve learned some difficult lessons from these experiences.

That’s why this article resonates with me, particularly because of this paragraph:

“We don’t live our lives in our heads, in theology and theories. We live our lives in our families: the families we are born into, the families we create, the families we make through the people we choose as friends.”

For me, 2014 was a year of hard work, bitter lessons, and awakening. My vision for 2015 is to become a better positive contributor to others’ lives. In Empowered Wealth terms, for me, it will be “The Year of Contribution”.

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Editor’s Note: Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain in Massachusetts and the author of “Fumbling: A Pilgrimage Tale of Love, Grief, and Spiritual Renewal on the Camino de Santiago.

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