Happy New Year!
I was going to write a pessimistic post about the pain of 2008- I lost my father. Our vacation home suffered a tornado, I lost money in the stock market, and now we’ve already seen a record snowfall, with winter not yet half over! That’s just my little world. What about the rest of the planet? What about Gaza, what about Iraq?
Then I read some of your Happy New Year posts. I smiled, and remembered the blessings of 2008– my family members retained good health and comfortable homes. No one has lost a job, an arm, a leg, or worse. I started this blog, met wonderful blogging buddies, and I learned digital photography. My third grandchild was born healthy and beautiful, just last week.
Today begins the new year. We have hopes, plans, and dreams. In our mind’s eye, we see ourselves next New Year’s Eve still alive, still healthy, still enjoying the good of life, and celebrating unforeseen blessings.
No one imagines that cancer and death will strike close to home, let alone in the house. No one thinks loss and misfortune will enter boldly and unwelcome through the front door. We suppress the obvious, that life is not only unpredictable and uncontrollable, but that free will is more a fantasy than a state of being.
In spite of the obvious, we still say, “Happy New Year!” The human spirit is hard-wired for hope. The human heart loves before it hates, and heals itself from mortal injury against our most dire expectations. In the knowledge that tragedy and death will take us in the end, we smile, we give thanks, and we set ourselves to the tasks of the day.
For this, I say, Happy New Year!