I, for one, will be kind of glad to see the back of 2011. I’ve tried not to show it here but the year has been one string of mishaps and mayhem after another for me. Financial troubles, personal problems, health problems and the ever-creeping aches and pains of age have all caught up with me this year. Each had been relentless in their pursuit of me and each decided that they’d take it in turns to batter me about a bit. Sometimes they ganged up on me and other times they let me rest just enough to think that the hard times were over before coming back and slapping me about the face again. It happens, and this isn’t a post to whine about these problems, merely to acknowledge they were there.
I have no illusions about the new year. I don’t think that the turning of a clock will make any of my problems magically go away or that I somehow will have none of these problems in 2012. However, there is something about the coming of the new year; a symbolic renewing of the world. If ever there was a time to put aside old problems and look to the future it’s now. If ever there were a time to start something new, it’s now. So while my problems may well continue into the new year, I’ll be looking forward with a little bit of hope and the wisdom that these problems have brought to me.
This has always been my way too. Not making out with strange girls in the middle of the road while a city burns around us (not since my teen years anyway), but finding the glimmer of light when all else seems black. It’s a talent I have and one I wish I could share with so many of you. It allowed me to look forward through all of the problems I’ve dealt with this year and see the end in sight. It allows me to see the many wonders of the coming year. It allows me to know that however dark the coming days may be, there will always be a light in that darkness, even if that light has to be me. I urge as many of you as possible to pick up that mantle and be the light needed in this world.
That may well sound a little preachy but it’s not what you think. I’m not telling you to set up a stone walled compound to keep the armed police out while you preach the word of me (although, if you really want to…), but rather to go out into the world and be what is so badly needed these days – genuinely good people. Think where you’d normally pass someone by and help them instead. Even if it is just a single person helped in a tiny way, that’s more than they would have had before. Make this world better by example and maybe, just maybe, some of it will filter back to me and give me a better year in 2012.
What? Did you think this was selfless? 😉