The old year has made her exit and the noise that ushered in 2013 has now become for me a muffled sound, and the fireworks a mere fizzle. 2013 I suppose came in with her own noise maker. It was not the bang I expected as I watched the party revelers in Time Square from the comfort of my family room. For me there was no loud excitement but a quiet realization that I had lost my old friend 2012 and would have to get accustomed to the new friend 2013.
Here we are into week 4 and so far I don’t like her. I do not like this new friend. She has brought me nothing but bad news so far. I heard news of the Illness of one friend, and the death of two others, one very sudden. As I was writing this blog the phone rang with news of another death.
This makes me again reflect on 2012 my old friend and I find myself remembering her with fondness. The memories are heart -warming and take the biting sting and the pain away from the sadness I feel for my friends.
I am happy about the things I experienced in 2012, and all that the year gave me. I enjoyed two vacations which included a trip to my beautiful Barbados, and one of the best vacations of my life. I was able to continue to educate myself, attain more spiritual growth, reaffirm my faith, and enjoy various forms of entertainment. I had successes with the children with whom I work as a volunteer and I made many new friends by being active in the community and at church. 2012 was a year of real growth.
It is said that bad news come in threes, and my three came very early in the New Year. Still I am going forward with optimism and expectancy that the rest of 2013 will be filled with blessings and not just good news, but exciting news. I expect loud excitement, days that open and close with a bang and sweet sounds of music all the way.
I won’t fear this new friend, or discount her and give her a failing mark; not just yet. I will give her a chance, get to know her, and if by any chance she fails to live up to my expectations I won’t be disappointed. After all, she gets to be around for only three hundred and forty more days.
How do you feel about entering the New Year? Do you just accept her with fear or do you welcome her with anticipation?
I would love to read your thoughts.