This will be a brief post as we are just moments away from beginning our New Year's Eve festivities here at Mockingbird Cottage. But as I was just scanning my Facebook feed, I had a thought I wanted to share.
Here we are in another year of serious economic problems. We have political polarization at home and all kinds of problems abroad. Iran's financial system may meltdown at any given time and Europe almost has nukes. Or vice-versa. At any rate, times could be called sober and serious without undue exaggeration.
And that's the world at large. In our own lives, we will surely encounter difficulties in the next year, just as we have in the past.
And yet, here we are getting ready to celebrate the coming of a new year--blithely wishing each other Happy New Year, hoping that our wishes for peace and prosperity will come true this year, for ourselves and others.
New Years Eve in years past has found the world in far more dire circumstances--and then, just as now, people all over the world wished each other a Happy New Year--against all odds, against all reason, really, that it would be.
Perhaps that is one of the great strengths of our race--we continue to hope in the face of all evidence that things will get better. We adapt, endure, and hope. We continue, as a race, to move on hoping things will get better--and very often making them so. This is the marvelous madness of humanity and I believe it is one reason that we continue.
So, in the spirit of our fellow humans in times past, Happy New Year my friends! I hope that this time next year finds you well and happy--happier and more peaceful than you are now. More secure and prosperous, and surrounded by loved ones.
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