Happy Old Year

The allure of shiny objects seems to be part of the human condition. We like stuff that’s hip, trendy, and new. That even applies to points on the calendar. At a certain season in time, we give each other best wishes for the months ahead. And though I personally find it counter-productive, some people even take pleasure in bashing what they left behind, with a “Good riddance.”

In contrast, King Solomon, writer of Proverbs and the wisest person who ever lived, said this: “The end of a thing is better than its beginning.” Why would that be?

Beginnings, while often difficult, are exciting. There’s anticipation, suspense, and the hope of great things to come. As the days roll on, however, a sort of grind settles in. It’s tempting to give up.

Those who stay the course are eventually awarded with something rare and gratifying: an accomplishment.

As one major date gives way to the next, I’m glad to convey hopes for wonderful futures all around. I also applaud every achievement of the past fifty-two weeks, including the miracle of you and me simply making it to wherever we are right now.

Happy Old Year.


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3 Responses to Happy Old Year

  1. Alan W. says:

    Excellent twist on the New Year focus. Reminds me of a line from an old Carly Simon song – “Stay right here, ’cause these are the good old days.” To which I would add “If you make each day count.”

  2. Loren says:

    Well stated…. I am very grateful for everything accomplished in 2017…. At the top of the list is good health, good friends & family……

  3. Mary Carefoot says:

    Well said! The last 52 weeks were extremely difficult for me because of a need to make a change in medication after 25 years. After a number of false starts I am confident that 2018 will bring the answer to my prayers! Thank goodness for God’s timing!

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