Monday, December 31, 2012

thoughts on new year's eve

My coworker and I walked to our cars together this afternoon.  She turned and remarked that her father had a saying about the new year's day.  It was something to the effect that one should start with the best intentions, the best foot forward on new year's day, as that first fresh day would then determine the tenor of the year.  I wish I could have quoted her - I was intrigued by her words.  What if her father was right?  What other stories and myths and bits of wisdom had I missed out on!

We are all searching for something.  The horrifying events that took place this past year in classrooms, in subways, in shopping malls, tells us that we are living in a land where love and legend and heroes are disappearing and being replaced by a darkness that is destroying our humanity.  I don't have any answers.  Standing outside in the dark, long before sunrise, I wait for for my good dog to complete his business.  The stars are unspeakably bright and an owl is calling from across the marsh.  I feel safer in the natural world than in any city, on any sidewalk, or any island shared by my own kind.  What to do?

It's a start.  

No telling how much we could grow if some of these sayings were embroidered into our beings. 

 Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve and tomorrow - well, tomorrow, let us be the best that we know how to be.


Delisa said...

Hi Jody! Your post today is so beautifully expressed. I think it is so important to surround ourselves with positive and upbuilding people, and to find a way not to be too harsh in our hearts towards those who are not. I have come to the conclusion that I have to daily be proactive about my own happiness and inner peace, and create my own opportunities and look out for heavenly blessings. Or else my heart becomes too heavy to hold, weighed down by other people's dramas and the unnatural pace that the world wants to force me to run. I think the older I get the more I truly appreciate and cherish the word "hope".

I love your new header picture too: "Be Nice". I think that deep down most of us want to be nice, but the world has people thinking that niceness is a weakness. I think it is one of the keys to being truly serene at heart. To see the whole picture of life, not just flashes of negativity and rage. I think the "nice "person is often truly the strongest person in the room.

It makes me think of something I saw not long ago. There was a minor fender bender accident on the hwy, I was one of several cars who had to pull off the side of the road to let the police get through. To my surprise two pregnant women, each one looking like they were about ready to pop at any moment, got out of their cars and started screaming abusively at each other. The next thing I knew they were having a fist fight! Over a scraped bumper. My goodness, what a sight that was.

Thanks again for your beautiful and thoughtful post. It has really given me something to meditate on. Have a lovely evening tonight my friend! With Love, Delisa :)

Suz said...

an owl calling across the marsh...
sigh...a marsh...sigh again
..You are already on your way to wonderful new know what counts..the moments
Even if we are alone...especially if we are's all about moments
of still quiet inward joy

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Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

Hi Jody,

Just a note to see if all is okay, Miss your posts and hope nothing is amiss.