2010 has been a year of "greats" - great disasters, great snow storms, great political threats that could shake a nation's security, great attack to Christianity, great economic depression and recession, great rift among nations (N. Korea and S. Korea), great divorce amongst famous personalities, great environmental harm and great deaths. The list can go on but I don't want to press on the negative events of the year that will become a "has-been." Rather, I want to focus on the good things that happened during 2010. I am sure that 2010 did not bring just the unfortunate events. It also brought brotherhood and humility to everyone.
What are the positive things that happened this year which we all find inspiring and worth taking to 2011? I have a few to list here which I feel and think merits recognition for the positive impact they have on a global scale. (Like I said, these are my personal opinion.)
1. Oct. 13, 2010 - Successful rescue operation of the Chilean Miners
All 33 Chilean miners have been trapped for more than 10 weeks. Although the rescue mission took long because of the sensitivity of the mission, the were rescued nonetheless.
Nations prayed together, had a vigil and camped out to await the day of the precise extraction. It came on October 13.
2. June 11 to 11 July, 2010 - South Africa's FIFA global fever
South Africa graced the successful 2010 FIFA and brought about unity and camaraderie amongst other nations and fellow Afrikaans.
It is good that their country hosted the well-known sport event because throngs of delegates and other nationals flocked their country to watch and support their team. And what does that mean financially - money came in.
3. November 16, 2010 - In-Kyung Kim donates golf winning to charity
Money is scarce and the rich are richer. It is so wonderful to know that a young adult is wise beyond her years by doing the thing most young and rich people will not do - give it all. The winning that is.
22-year-old In-Kyung Kim donated her golf winning from the Lorena Ochoa cup to the Lorena charity. Half of her winning went to another charitable institution in the United States.
4. June 18, 2010 - Final installment of Toy Story (3) is released
With the deluge of senseless movies this year, it is breath of fresh air to watch something we will all remember. I have always been a fan of Toy Story, from the very first to the last installment. This movie moves me and make me see toys in a different light.
I love how the theme revolved on the "toys' desire" to be there for Andy no matter what it takes. It showed , friendship, trust, love for others, perseverance, and respect which I don't see too often in other movies these days.
Toy Story 3 may be the last but for me, it will always be one of the greatest animation ever shown. And I will make sure that when I have grandchildren, they too, will enjoy the movie as I have had.
So, the year is about to end. It will be nice to bury the fear, animosity and negativity in 2010. I know it is easier said than done but let's welcome 2011 with a glimmer of hope - one day at a time. A prayer will do wonders too.
Happy New Year everyone. 2010 has been tough and we have braved the tumultuous year standing. 2011 will be challenging but we already know what to do.