And so we began the new decade.
I was ready with my supper of pork-to signify a positive forward looking attitude, my collards-bringing lots of green backs to my wallet and my black eye peas – guaranteeing a prosperity of friendship, love and luck in the coming year. Being southern, I tend to try and cover all bases whenever possible. Gotta keep the Ya’ll gods happy, just in case.
Ahh, the New Year. Do we move into it with the usual fluffy platitudes? It will get better…Keep on keeping on..tomorrow will be a brighter day..every cloud has a silver lining.. and of course the all-encompassing – hang in there baby. Or…do we look eyeball to eyeball with adversity and simply and realistically state, “I’ve dealt with you before and I’ll deal with you again, bring it on.”
Life can be hard. It was made to be that way so that we don’t get too full of ourselves. The smartest thing I think we can do is gather those that we care about and trust and bring them ever closer to us. Through thick and thin, they will help us ride out the tide when the rip currents are too strong for one alone to paddle. Two in a canoe is much more fun anyway and there is added incentive as well. When they are close they also get to enjoy the calm seas, warm water and sharing of the inner tube, when the going is great and we can all just float down stream and enjoy the ride. All the more reason for entrenched companionship.
So onward into the New Year we go. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”, so says Ecclesiastes. I’m hoping the next decade will be the “season” of many good and positive things for a lot of the folks I know and love. For me as well, but I don’t want to be stingy with the serendipity, should it be right around the corner.
So where do we go from here and how do we enter into our “promised land” of accomplishment? Do we realistically rely on hard work alone to arrive at the platform of what wish to achieve, or do we roll the dice, depend on a plethora of old sayings, say a prayer for a touch of saving grace, serve up a slice of southern superstitions or await the kindnesses of strangers and friends alike? Perhaps a little of each is called for. Use them wisely and use them well.
A decade is a long time and many roads may have to be strolled down before the one that crosses that bridge that we are looking for is finally on the horizon. So time to pack up your bags, prepare for the journey. Take your sturdiest tools, your best companions and your faith in yourself and get on the road. You have no hope of getting to the top of the mountain, until the climbing starts.