Who is on the plum tree?
I have seen New Years’ Eves come and go. Some have been celebrated; some not. This year, my dog will shake in terror, as fireworks pollute the skies, their noisy explosions reminiscent of war. Is that Bah Humbug? I should not resent others having fun, spending money on a split second of Kaboom, terrifying animals and further polluting the environment…should I?
New Year’s Eve used to be my favourite night of the year. I always felt it magical to be transported from one moment to another, carrying hope and a clear sense of how I might wish certain things to be as I visioned the future. The idea of being allowed to turn my back on a year, walk away, let it be and let it go has always brought a sense of renewal.
My friend, Jennifer Kiley inspired my perspective for this blog. She scribed a Haiku on serendipity to which I replied. And I thought about how a second can change everything. The shift of one year to another is not quite serendipitous, but perhaps aspects of it could be, depending on how we move into the moment. I have to admit, 2012 was the most difficult year I have ever lived through…BUT as the clock strikes twelve, a split second bursts apart the moment; I step through the space into a new story. The last is torn, its pages discarded, left littering a previous street. The ripped fragments blow away like old confetti. That street is empty now, those bitter moments eradicated. I do not look back.
I always consult the I Ching at New Year and try to have a simple, spiritual ritual as one year leaves us to be replaced by another. Will next year be different to the last? Will the euphoric ending of another year be subdued by January drizzle? In the words of T.S.Elliot, Will it end, “not with a bang, but a whimper?”
It is a New Year. May we love our families and friends and hold them near; may we prosper, enjoy good health and keep our souls intact! And may we share in a few serendipitous moments when everything becomes as it should, and in which change is possible!
What do you wish for?