Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! As is obvious – this post, though dated the first of this month, was published five days later. But, we all know, it’s the thought that counts, not the date that post is published. Like most posts, thoughts occur in the past and they are expressed much later, when the thought takes shape. One would argue that there isn’t much shape-taking required for s wish as simple as wishing your friends a Happy New Year. I could argue differently, but I will not. I’d like to focus on wishing you all a Happy New Year.
That’s one of things I am doing this year, staying away from arguments that mean little, other than intellectual self-indulgence. Trivia is for entertainment, not argument. These things are like tinsel, as Rabindranath Tagore said.
Obstinate are the trammels, but my heart aches when I try to break them.
Freedom is all I want, but to hope for it I feel ashamed.
I am certain that priceless wealth is in thee, and that thou art my best friend, but I have not the heart to sweep away the tinsel that fills my room.
The shroud that covers me is a shroud of dust and death; I hate it, yet hug it in love.
My debts are large, my failures great, my shame secret and heavy; yet when I come to ask for my good, I quake in fear lest my prayer be granted.
And it’s time for us (me, actually) to stop acknowledging the tinsel, and get out of underneath the shroud of dust and death.
May this year be the same for you all.