What makes a new year happy? This question is so important in light of the presence of the corona virus and how fast it is spreading across the nation. Some people are fearful while others are nonchalant. But could we still have a happy new year? I think we can. Happiness is in the heart of the believer that it can happen. It is my view that each individual can decide how they will respond to the difficulties, challenges, and pain.  There is a Chinese proverb that goes: “When the wind of change blows, some build walls, while others build windmills.” Imagine that the presence of the fast-spreading virus is the wind of change. We can build walls or choose to build windmills. The “wind” represents pain, uncertainty, discomfort, or even unexpected tragedy. Walls represent negative attitude, obstruction, fear, doubt, distrust, and fear of moving forward. The windmill represents action or taking advantage of the pain for good.  Writer Mukesh Mani wrote about it this way: “The adage of “building windmills” in the midst of the winds of change is a beautiful illustration of how you can harness the flow of life into something positive and creative by being open rather than being in resistance to it.”  Read more

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