Living each day much muchier
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
We take an annual pilgrimage in our minds at each year.
We climb to the summit of our understanding, over the rocks and stumbling blocks of our ideas about the world. We look at how far we’ve come and gaze as far as we dare at the future.
Next year, we say, we’ll be twice as strong. Twice as fast.
We re-imagine ourselves. We tell ourselves a story about who we’re going to be and what life will be like.
We could be new, if we begin again.
Actually, you tell yourself a story every day.
You can’t help it. Storytelling is one of the most powerful engines of culture and identity humanity has. We grow up learning about our world through story. We understand ourselves and speak of events as having a beginning, a middle and end.
Do you frame your story in the light of something you did before? Something you’re going to do? Or who you are, deep down at your core?
As you sit at your summit, take a closer look. What words are you using? Are they positive or negative ones?
Would your re-imagined self use those words, or different ones?
It’s time. Speak next year’s words with next year’s voice.
Happy New Year!
May laughter infect you;
your passion resurrect you.
May goodness inspire
your deepest desires.
Through all that you reach for,
may your arms never tire.