Happy New Year’s Eve!!
I find the week that follows Christmas and proceeds New Years is a strange version of hurry up and wait. We want to hurry to the new year but wait, we’re not there yet.
In the past few days, two thoughts keep rolling around my mind like Bowling Balls. The first is that song everyone plays on New Years, Auld Lang Syne. Seriously, WHAT DOES THIS SONG MEAN? Listen to the words, it’s like attempting to decipher a poem in high school English classs…Was it written under the influence of mead? (Obviously if you are Scottish, you may in fact know what is means, as it hails from your mother ship.)
From what I can gleam, it’s about old friends and the past. Honoring the past as we move forward into the future. I may be wrong.
And then I remembered this, from “When Harry met Sally”, which is actually the flick I’m going to tell you to watch. Because it’s also about friendship and how good people come and go in and out of our lives. And how we believe our happiness in life should look, only to find out the truth of that matter, is usually something quite different. It’s the movie that should be watched on New Year’s Eve or Day.
Let’s have a little tune…
I like the humanness of her face in this image. Cock your head to the side and look, she reminds me of a little old man, it’s the nose and mouth area. She looks like a human caught in a wonderful dream…
The second thing I’ve been thinking about is that line in the Lord’s Prayer. The part that goes, “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” I feel like that is something worth considering as we embark on another year AND it goes with the song. At least in my mind, it goes with the song. Why?
Think of the people who have come and gone from your life. Are there any grievances held by either party? Any misunderstandings that you allowed your pride to stand in the way of a reconciliation? Any bad feelings that are weighing your soul down? Do you have a few grudges against yourself? Are you shoulding all over your own life? Forgiveness is harder for some of us than others. True deep forgiveness, as in meaning it when you say it…and then letting that shit go. REALLY letting it go.
I have often wondered what cats and dogs remember when it comes to their encounters with humans. Do adopted animals feel sadness or resentment when thinking of their former owners who abandoned them? Do they even think of those people? Or maybe they got lost or separated. Do they yearn for those they believe they have lost in this world? You know you’ve done something right if your dog/cat yearns for you, right?
It snowed here right before Christmas this year, not enough to amount to any bother. On my way to the garage one day, I spotted small animal footprints in the snow by the gate and thought of Mopsy. It’s supernaturally cold here and I worried for a second that her paws would be freezing . I’m pretty sure it wasn’t her, more then likely our neighbors wayward dog. But for just a moment, I found myself looking around for her. My heart sank. She is my old acquaintance that will not be forgotten.
Roll this one around: What if there were no resolutions on New Years, but more of a vow. People break their resolutions all the time, but a VOW, a VOW is serious business. A vow to honor your past, the good decisions and the bad ones. Remember those you’ve lost by your own hand or theirs and what lessons were learned. Really work to GENUINELY be more forgiving, including yourself. Make peace with yourself. Remember the past is, well, you are past it…As in, it is behind you. As in your butt is facing it as you are moving forward. Ever try walking forward while looking over your shoulder behind you? Not a good idea. Coincidence?
Another nugget of wisdom. Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back. Maybe you have to let go of who you were, to become who you wil be.” HUH…
I’m not saying it’s easy, believe me I know it’s not easy, but it seems like something worth pondering before the clock strikes midnight…doesn’t it?
See you next year Travellers!!