#246 – “Dawn’s early light…”

IN DEFENSE OF COMMON SENSE
By Hetty Gray

#247 – “Dawn’s early light…”

December 31, 2017

With each New Year’s Eve celebration comes a plethora of resolutions amid a waft of memories. Someone, somewhere, must have initiated this custom. Among the more popular aims are losing weight, doing better at a relationship, and coming to terms with what life really has to offer.

Reality is a hard taskmaster. Few of us can say that acceptance is automatic, or pleasant for that matter. If I could put a priceless stamp on any one human attribute it would be aging gracefully.

As you pass into 2018, vow to be very thankful for another year. Oh, it might not be the best year of your life, but it is a gift nonetheless.

As the days grow to weeks and months, most of us merely go about our business in a routine manner. But, life itself is anything but routine. Just consider what a miracle it is that you breathe. Life is its own miracle.

As the ball drops in Times Square tonight, millions of people will look on with zest. Among them, many will celebrate more than a traditional party in the heart of New York City.

Consider the pursuits that might come to mind among the celebrants. With little fanfare but considerable thought, many will resolve to achieve a personal goal. Perhaps it is a chance to do better, to earn more, to come to terms with a burdensome problem or to just be kind.

At dawn’s early light on Monday, January 1, 2018, consider the 364 days that remain. Think beyond the countdown.

Beyond all the bright lights, the confetti, the glasses raised in toasts, and the familiar singing of “Auld Lang Syne” we reflect on our unique opportunity to make it a better year. Whether each change to come is a result of individual endeavor or of a joint effort, I hope for positive achievements. May this be so…..

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