‘Life gives us a taste of everything,’ a friend once told me. ‘The good, the bad and the ugly.’ Well, I have to admit that 2013 has indeed given me a plethora of tastes: sweet tastes with smiles, salty tastes with tears, bitter ones, sour others and delicious ones. It has been an exceptionally challenging year for me, but also for loved ones around me. Friends have lost their jobs, loved ones got divorced and dear friends and family were presented with serious health challenges. I wish I could rub Rudolf’s shiny nose and magically fix everything. I guess I can send that as a wish to Santa next year! Until I am able to do that, here’s what I’ve realized in 2013 more than ever: If you can’t fix things, just give it your best shot! We may not always be able to mend relationships, give someone a job, or their health back. Yet, we can make them laugh, smile, be there for them, or simply add a touch of spice on their plate. It takes a little bit of effort, but it’s worth it! Instead of focusing on our challenges, let us be creative and invest in acts of kindness. This wheel of kindness is the best we can do for each other. In good, bad and ugly times. Isn’t that what the true essence of life is? Merry Christmas everyone, keep calm and love Rudolf!