By Margaret Lucke
Here we are at the darkest time of the year. I think hope must have originated around the winter solstice, way back when humankind first recognized that this was an annual pivot point; no matter how the short and dim and cold the days became, the year would turn and the days would grow longer and brighter and warmer again. With this positive shift, it became possible to believe that other positive things could occur. Goals might be accomplished. Efforts might be rewarded. Situations might improve.
January 1 hasn't always been the designated day for the start of the new year, but it seems logical to begin the year close to the winter solstice and the return of the sun. It's become a time to make resolutions for ourselves and offer good wishes to others. Here are some of the things I'm hoping for in 2013:
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On a personal level:
1. That the first draft of my novel-in-progress will (finally) be finished. I got so-o-o close to typing "The End" this year, but then came the holiday season with all of its delightful distractions. But this is one hope that's pretty much guaranteed to come to fruition very soon.
2. That I'll see that novel happily published.
3 That I'll gain some insight into what "happily published" might mean, given the way that the publishing world is flipping itself topsy-turvy.
4. That this will be the year when I finally get my office decluttered and organized.
5. That I'll enjoy some pleasant travels and happy adventures.
6. That I'll end the year thinner and fitter than is the case as the year begins.
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Plus a few hopes on a larger scale:
7. That politicians in this nation, this state, and my own little town will stop acting like kindergartners and learn how to make decisions for the greater good of people and places they serve.
8. That we will be able to achieve enough of a consensus to move forward on important issues that affect us all, like guns and climate change.
9. That we will move closer to making the notion of "Peace on earth, goodwill to men (and women and children)" more than just a seasonal catch phrase.
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And most important of all:
10. That the coming year will be very good to you and yours.
The solstice was a week ago. Have you noticed that already the days are growing longer and brighter?
Happy New Year, everyone!