Resolve to embrace the adventure that is life
To the Editor:
For the beginning of each New Year, most of us awaited for it’s arrival with great expectations, so full of the promises of new beginnings, adventures, and the renewal of good intentions. And soon after all the excitement and the new resolutions fade away, it seems that the brand new year is just like the old one.
Still there are the setbacks, disappointments, delays, unexpected unpleasant circumstances that just crop up and take charge. What happened to all the new hopes, dreams and all that new determination?
I, for one, use to get all excited about the prospect of the New Year along with everyone else. Oh, there was the new journal book to break in with its profound thoughts in the beginning … then all the healthy new habits to start … and all the fun projects to work on …Yeah right.
The journal ends up being full of gripes and moaning and groaning. For the past few years I got so conditioned to meet the new year with great dread instead of anticipation. Most of that stemmed from the war crises, bad economy, rising prices, the dying pine forests, not mention what new ailment my body could pick up along with all the other chronic aches and pains, plus all the hard work.
This time around I was not into this could-be-fun event, but sunk into withdrawal and despondency with the thought of facing more challenges and being so very tired.
Then the other day I had recently read something that makes sense.
From several sources, I have found a real curious comparison of the New Year ” life itself adventuring into uncharted territory full of the unknown. And that land we must make claim on as our own. It is not totally flat, featureless, an easy path to take but rather a vast stretch of land that is full of mountains and valleys with its hidden dangers, but yet with magnificent vistas.
Life itself, for most people, is not that peaceful valley ” safe, secure from predators, a place full of fruitfulness (which it can be at times). If it were so, then we would get burdened by the dull sameness, complacent, perhaps lulled into a sort of a state of sleepiness, not living to our full potential. We would not grow and learn.
So life ,with its ongoing years, is more like the hills and mountains, rocky and uneven, with many twists and turns. Most of the time it’s not an easy path, but very rugged terrain to endure with huge rocks to climb over, streams to cross. The cold can get to you, biting so deep.
You are so hungry and tired, but you know that you must go on ” so much like the struggles we face in life which seem to get harder as time goes by.
Then we start to ask ourselves, “Why?” What’s the purpose for all the dark barren time in our lives? Why the “cold winter” in our life? Where is the summit or that peaceful valley?
As with each year, there are seasons in life, the dark cold nights of winter and the bright days of summer. So there is hope, for there will be the springtime of new life, as there is the aging and dying of coming fall, so much like the valleys and mountains.
It is a big part of life the seasons of change and the diversity of land. Hard work and struggle comes in its proper time as with the rest and relaxation. One of the reasons is written in Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, which was part of a popular tune from the ’60s by the Byrds: “For every season, turn, turn, turn, There is a reason, turn, turn, turn, …”
The new year is in full swing, and how we receive it will differ from person to person.
For some it will be fruitful and a time to play. For others it may be a continuing struggle. But for all it should be a time to try to make the best that one can do with what ever comes in his path, the good and the bad.
Try to do good, live a life full of purpose and meaning, dig deep for the answers, become a person of good character. As Cathy Walton-Smith suggested, reach out to others, give to charity, use your talents, learn new things, learn to laugh, have fun at any task. And lastly, you don’t have to be alone in this, even if you are without other people to share with for a time. Let God be your closest friend.
Go out and check out that land that’s before you. Get out of the comfort zone of “town” living and start climbing that mountain (figuratively and literally). Who knows what adventures you will find along the way.
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