A Time to Renew
How many times have you automatically uttered those words without giving them a second thought? Can’t count that high? Neither can I!
Recently, a gravely ill friend of mine wished me a happy new year, knowing that he would not be here to experience it. It made me reflect on how much those words mean to me.
Taking the new year tradition a step further, I’ve done a mini survey on the thought of wishing a happy new year.
Here are some excerpts from IW staff, IW Facebook fans and Twitter followers:
“The new year is the perfect time to start fresh. It’s the ultimate ‘re-do.’ The previous year is behind you, and the new year is a chance to make changes for the better.”
“New Year’s is a time to renew, a time to look toward a better tomorrow and hope toward a magnificent future of new love, new excitement and new freedom. It’s a time of refreshment.”
“More goals to plan for my business and learn how to deal with a second child in the mix of the day.”
“To me, the new year is a celebration of the past year and being thankful for the places life has taken you. It’s a time to spend with family and a time for new goals and dreams, looking to the future. For me, that means running a second marathon, growing in my faith and continuing to explore my new home, Indianapolis.”
“A time to put the past behind and start over.”
“A fresh start; a new series of goals; the opportunity to make a change; another year of football; closer to summer.”
“My first-born’s birthday.”
Next, I went to the Random House dictionary to look up the definition of “happy”:
1. Is delighted, pleasant or glad: as over a particular thing; to be happy to see a person.
2. Characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment or joy: a happy mood, a happy frame of mind.
3. Favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky.
The next entry is happy-go-lucky, trusting cheerfully to luck.
Then comes the definition of happy warrior: one who is undiscouraged by difficulties or opposition.
My wish for you is that you face 2012 as a happy warrior.
Mary B. Weiss