The new year is a time of pivoting, of looking two ways at once.
We look back at the year 2015 that is gone. We remember and assess. At the same time we look forward to the year to come, 2016, with resolve and with some uncertainty.
Such thinking is intensified when we remember those who have passed on. On a personal note, this is particularly true for me. Tomorrow is the third anniversary of my father’s passing. I wish it were not so. I wish that he and others I miss were still here, but none are exempt. Eventually, the time comes for all of us.
I recently learned that the cardinal, the little bird pictured above, is often thought of as a reminder that our loved ones are near. This is a comforting thought for me, and a motivation. It motivates me to want to act in a way that is a credit to their memory.
This desire reminds me of the concluding words of a favorite hymn:
Be still my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
These words express my belief in ultimate optimism. At the start of this year of 2016, I am hopeful. I am hopeful we will remember the lessons from our past experiences, and that the new year will abound in good for each of us.
Happy New Year!
Photo by Dawn.