31 December 2009

When the year starts to gather her things and puts on her coat and scarf, readying herself to leave us, most of us can’t help but get introspective. 

I’ve been enjoying reading my favourite bloggers’ thoughts about this year and other years and my facebook page is covered with wishes and blessings from family and friends around the globe.  Some look ahead; some look behind.  Some of us make resolutions; some of us eschew them.  Some of us look upon the old year with pleasure and fondness; others are snapping at her: “don’t slam the door on your way out!” 

Whatever we do, I can say with all certainty – this time is not for regrets.  Send them packing with the old year.  Write them down and ceremoniously burn them.   Close your eyes and watch them fly off in a red balloon. 

Now is the time to open up to dreams.  And the only way to approach any dream is to start walking toward it, one step at a time. 

I’m looking forward to walking with you in 2010. 

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson  


11 Responses to “tomorrow”

  1. Susannah Says:

    A very happy new year to you and all your loved ones.

    Very best wishes
    Susannah x

  2. Selma Says:

    A very Happy New Year. I am looking forward to getting to know you more in 2010 via your writing. I have very much enjoyed reading your blog in the latter part of ’09. All the best to you.

  3. Tricia Says:

    Grrl, you brought a tear to my eye.

    Back to drinking and fireworks in the Texas suburbs . . .

  4. Jennifer Says:

    Cheers to you and your Texas family and friends Tricia.
    Safe journey home.

  5. roscoedialogues Says:

    The Tennyson poem reminded me of Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells”:

    Best wishes to you in the new year Jen.

  6. Jennifer Says:

    Thanks Mike.
    Here’s to a great 2010 for you and family too.

  7. Reluctant Blogger Says:

    Happy New Year, Jen!

    I’m definitely with you on the “no regrets” business. New Year is a funny little hiccough in the year. I have got much better at handling it recently. I think it used to get me down a bit but now I use it to spur me on and give me a bit of a shove in the right direction.

    • Jennifer Says:

      Happy New Year to you too RB! It’s a funny time for me too – I sense (and enjoy) all the possiblilities for the new year, and yet find myself introspective. A “funny little hiccough” is a good term for it.

      All that introspection has veered me away from blogging and that needs to change. I’m trying to focus on the things I want – for my blog, and for my life. Sometimes you have to really thing about the “wants” and if that’s indeed what they still are. Anyway, more on that in the blog, I expect…

      Oh, by the way, I actually drew the picture of that balloon filled with regrets in my journal, and was embellishing it further last night.

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