Happy 2022. I wish you all the best for the coming New Year.
I never really celebrate New Year's Eve. To me it was always a holiday that marked the end of the Christmas season. Once New Year's arrives, it means that soon the Christmas decorations will be down, Christmas movies will stop, and people look strangely at you if you sing too many Christmas songs (I know in the church it is still Christmas tide until Epiphany, but try singing Frosty the Snowman out on the streets on January 5th and you will be stared at. Believe me I know from experience.) Once New Year's has come and gone, life gets back to normal or at least as close to normal as Omicron will allow.
This year, New Year's Eve was a relatively quiet event. We sat back and watched one of our favourite Christmas movies that we missed this year. Then thanks to the time shift feature on our television, we watched New Year's Eve in Toronto and rang in the New Year at 10pm rather than midnight. I was asleep when New Year came to Alberta.
I don't make resolutions at New Year's time. No it is not because I think that I am the title character in the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip who says, "Change. What makes you think I need to change?" I know I am far from perfect. I think I am making changes everyday and hopefully I will continue to make many changes over the years to come. But I know not to put off changes just because it is a special day. The changing of the year, or a new birthday could be a time to make shifts in lifestyle, but so could February 24th, or September 15th or whatever. I am not beholding to a calendar.
What will the year bring? Who knows? Will COVID be bothering us all this year? Who knows? Will things get better or worse? Again who knows? I am just happy to be on the ride for at least part of another circuit. May you, my fellow travellers right now, ride this journey into the unknown well. Blessings.