Natural disasters across the world also made their voices heard and caused us to pause, if only for a moment - earthquakes in Equador, Italy, Indonesia, and Hurricane Matthew and its hard hit on Haiti. And of course the Zika Virus couldn't be outdone as it made its way into the Americas early in the year. Numerous train crashes and mysterious plane crashes also performed their bit on the world stage, as if the play wasn't complicated enough.
But enough of of the bad news. We could spend all our time recounting all the terrible things that happened in 2016 and risk becoming seriously depressed, or we could look at the many wonderful and amazing things that we witnessed and experienced in our families, our work, our communities and across the world.