Whenever I think about ushering in a new year, the main image that comes to mind is the ball dropping in New York's Times Square. Growing up, I remember my mom keeping us awake to celebrate the New Year. First, we would watch the ball drop in New York City at 9 pm PST, and then three hours later, we would celebrate the new year here in California. In my mind, a new year signified a rebirth and an opportunity in which all the wrongs could be made right. With anticipation and excitement, we would count down to the magic moment...5,4,3,2,1!
As a family, we would ring in the new year, knowing it was a new day, a new moment, a new chance, and a glorious future of yet unsung possibilities! What a fantastic message of hope! We would bang pots & pans together or beat them with a wooden spoon to make a raucous noise while dancing around and screaming "Happy New Year" to all of our neighbors'.
As I reflect on that time, I appreciate that my mom shared this tradition with us even though I didn't understand the origin or intent. For me, it was merely a happy time, a way to celebrate new beginnings and hope for the future. What would the New Year bring? On our clean slates, we would write down what we wanted to accomplish in the next cycle of our lives so we could be intentional and set out with purpose.
Over the years, some of those traditions fell by the wayside like watching the ball drop in NYC or beating pots and pans to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. Lacking enthusiasm for all the ado, I think I went to bed early on New Years' Eve 2019. Hindsight being 2020...maybe we should have given the new year more fanfare an, screamed a little louder. Why? Because here we are, my friends, gobsmacked with one crisis after another since the beginning of the year. I don't think it's an overstatement to say 2020 is proving to be, excuse the pun, a real ball-buster!
In the wake of 2020, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes of love, hope, and perseverance with everyone. Afterward, if you wish, post one of your favorite quotes in the comments for me.
- "We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly." — Sam Keen
- "Remember to stay hopeful, because hope is probably the easiest thing to lose." — Author Unknown
- "All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope." – Winston Churchill
- "Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future." — Nelson Mandela
- "You are not here merely to make a living; you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." — Woodrow Wilson
- "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." — Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption
- "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." — Kahlil Gibran
- "We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as we were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us round it, led us past it. Then if we turn round to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become." — Marcel Proust
- "A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn." — Helen Keller
- "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." — Maya Angelou
- "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." — Nelson Mandela
- "I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right. You believe lies, so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together." —Marilyn Monroe
Well, there you go! Words and wisdom of love, hope, and perseverance from some of the most insightful people of our time.
I know it's May, but saying goodbye to this year already feels like the right thing to do. Wildfires, Earthquakes, Floods, Volcanic Eruption, the loss of Kobe Bryant, Covid-19, Stock Market Drop, Unemployment, Sanitizer and Toilet Paper Hoarding...really? And now... Asian Murder Hornets! Lets face it...2020 Sucks!
I'm not ashamed to tell you; I already want to break up with 2020 and move on to 2021. So much has happened already in happened 2020, its no surprise I feel like I do. I can promise 8 months from now when we ring in the new year, without any social distancing, my family and I will be spending the evening making raucous noises with friends. Together, we'll scare off all the evil spirits like I did as a child.
No matter where in the world we spend the our next New Years Eve, together or apart, let's plan on celebrating 2020's departure with this quote from Tupac in mind:
"You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened...or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on." — Tupac Shakur
And then, forgetting all about 2020, we'll just move the fuck on! Cheers! -