Each year, year after year, we enter the New Year with a song in our heart and a spring in our step. We are convinced that this is the year — that magical year that will bring with it the solutions to all our problems and fulfil all of our wishes. Whether it’s that dream house, the dream offer, a dream job, a dream partner, a dream opportunity…and so much the better. It would be quite dismal to do otherwise.
But as the year starts to unroll and we deal with whatever it spins out, the novelty of the new year, new resolutions, new beginnings starts to evaporate by the very first quarter. By mid-year we are in the grip of much banality and many faded hopes, a far cry from the promise we started out with. And by the last quarter we are so overwhelmed by our reality that we can’t wait for the year to get over. We are all set to wash our hands off the present year and ready to ring in yet another ‘New Year’.
While it’s all very well for us to pin our hopes on the New Year, we need to understand that with hopes come disappointments. Life is a play of duality and the new year is no exception. If we reflect honestly over ‘the year that was’, we would realise that while the year may not necessarily have delivered what we had asked of it, it did give us some precious learnings and experiences. These — in isolation — may not seem very important but are probably nature’s way of preparing us for the gift it has in store for us which it will deliver in it’s own time frame.
Also, if the year has taken something very precious from us, it is sure to have compensated for it in equal measure. At the end of the year, we realise that our balance sheet is pretty fair.
So, let us usher in the coming year with this faith that the magic of the new year lies in knowing that no matter what, for every disappointment, there will be a compensation, for every wish fulfilment there will be a learning.
All of the ‘New Years’ add up to a lifetime and our lifetime is all about hopes and disappointments, hits and misses, joys and sorrows and this year would be no less magical.
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