Saturday, December 30, 2017
Looking Back at 2017 (and Ahead to Our Shared Future)
Is 2017 really becoming the past? So soon? So quickly?
It's an old custom to look back as each year passes. -To ask one's self and one's friends "what kind of a year has it been?"
I'm pleased to report that for me 2017 was wonderful -- and that in so many ways!
The end of 2016 was for me and mine full of questions. My wife Jan's health issues had forced a change. What would such portend? Even our ability to stay in our beloved home, on our beloved property in the larger community that so suited us, was in question.
2017 saw happy "conclusions" to each of these questions and unknowns.
Jan's health has remarkably returned. Our home has become our home to an even greater extent -- with more of "us" in it. (And the part that the kindness of dear friends has played in this makes it all the more heart warming and wonderful.)
Jan and I both being in retirement has emphasized once again how much we love one another --and enjoy one-another's presence. More joy. More smiles. More and more evidences of caring and, yes, "love." What a meaningful word that is! Especially when applied to a home and a marriage.
And the world has turned too. For the better. For the much, much, better.
I am not in any formal sense a "religious" person. But how can I deny -- or not be warmed and encouraged -- by the obvious signs of kind providence our world and (especially) our nation has seen over the course of this past year?
An old Christian text says that "the wise have been shamed by the foolish things." How true that has proven to be! .
Or maybe it's just that our society's idea of what (and who) is "wise" and who or what is truly "foolish" has gotten a needed "update"? In any case it makes me smile. And laugh. Yes, and feel hopeful for humanity's shared future.
Put simply: Things are looking up again. (And how many years has it been since it genuinely felt that way?)
So now, today, 2018's own hope is calling out like a distant voice -- to be heard only if one listens and concentrates. "Look here! Watch what I do! Be prepared to me amazed!"
And I do watch.. With joy in my heart and love for life's endlessly wonderful possibilities.
Happy New Year all!
Wishing you joy, and prosperity, and health and abundant peace.