New Year’s is a time for New Beginnings. New times, new places, new people, new efforts and new challenges.
Time passes from day to day and it can be easy to get lost in the rolling current of day to day to notice. New Year’s is a time to mark the passing from one year to the other. We are all one year older than last year; hopefully, one year wiser; one year more experienced, at Life if nothing more. Maybe I have been inspired by Chinese New Year, but I like to celebrate New Year’s more than once a year. I always consider birthdays the marking of a New Year, and I like to think of Independence Day as another New Beginning every year.
This is the darkest and hardest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, early nights, frozen ground. I think some people, especially from warmer climates, tend to think of this time of year as a bit hopeless. I think True North is thinking this time of year as the best time of year possible. From here, everything gets better, brighter, stronger. Is understanding that tough times make you strong. Is laughing at defeat because you know defeat is always temporary, like victory.
I would never think that Life is ever easy for anyone, but I think a Life in the North makes you tough in some ways. Many are called, fewer make it through the first Winter without hightailing it back to warmer climates. Bright lights, twinkling lights, candle flame reflecting off Christmas Ornaments remind us of the golden summer sun, faded to a cold silver bring hope when hope may be lost.
New Year’s is a reminder that there are things to done, wounds to bind, amends to be made, hands to be held, homes to be filled with friends and family, song and love and joy to drive away the cold. To bring hope where all hope might be lost. To give time for stray thoughts to coalesce into ideas and plans and action. It is the time to gather under the light of the moon, light the lights, decide what the next year will be and laugh at what we thought the past year was going to be when we gathered together last year.
In the Dark, the stars shine brightest. May they guide us into easier times.