Happy New Year!

January 1, 2008

To many, this day, this first day of the year brings a new beginning…hope. For those thoughts some of you hold, I am delighted. Hope is a powerful thing for some — not the same power for others. In my experience there are generally two sides to this ‘hope’ thing.

Christopher Reeve once said, “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”

I’ve read Emily Dickinson as stating, “Hope is that thing with feathers which perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.”

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie

I agree with Dale Carnegie, wholly and fully. By the way, if you’re wondering who Dale Carnegie is and how I came about him — I can explain. {I let the kids pick a few things out for hubs for Christmas and so of course they ran straight to the toy aisle to find the perfect presents. I let them. Who cares? They found this $20 Wheel of Fortune game that plugs into the t.v. and thought it would be perfect for him because it is a toy and something to do with the television all at the same time! Turns out it is actually very fun. I’m planning a whole post about it later on.} One of the rounds was the title of a book he published in the 1930’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. You may have heard of it?

Wow. I really drug that out. I could’ve just said, “He’s the author of a best-seller from the ’30s.” But I have so many thoughts in my head. Each thought branches out into another. They connect and entangle. They pierce through the vines of the others and interact. It’s difficult for me to not type each thought because however small, they all hold a potent degree of potential for understanding. quack quack quack carry on now my dear…

While the quote of Emily Dickinson’s above is intensely beautiful; it is widely false when being applied to my thoughts on the subject. I have one of those things with ‘feathers perched on my soul’ as well but I do not call it ‘hope’.

Christopher Reeve’s idea that anything’s possible once you choose hope is a miserable statement at best, in my opinion (with all due respect). It falls, in my opinion, in the same category of love keeping us alive and love finding a way and blah, blah, blah.

Now you could twist these words and turn them to make them work. You could say, “God is Love” and then play an angry game of Mad Lib with the quotes replacing all the words of ‘love’ and ‘hope’ with ‘God’ and ‘Holy Spirit’. That is not what I’m talking about. I’m saying, in my opinion, that the general idea of hope fulfilling the duties that many people on earth assign to it is next to impossible. I lean more on the other side of the fence…

Robert Ingersoll may be someone who would ‘get me’. He is quoted, “Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, “In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man’s torments.” Yes! In this capacity, I get you Friedrich!

Now to say that hope could quite possibly be a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ would be cruel and pessimistic. I would never say that. There is a gigantic need for hope in our lives on earth. Nothing could fill the void of hope gone astray or hope non-existent. Maybe I don’t lean on the other side of the fence but more so straddle the fence… My thoughts are better explained by, yet another quote.

William Shakespeare, “The miserable have no other medicine But only hope.”

Again, I could pick it apart and see all sides. But to get my general point across, I agree with Shakespeare — to a degree. The hope could be a medicine for the miserable but not the ill. The ill may utilize the hope as a mechanism to fuel the misery once hope was unable to deliver on the impossible feat it was originally assigned.

I guess all I really wanted to say is that I don’t pray for hope. I’m glad it’s here but it’s not on my wish list of ingredients. I pray for perspective. In my opinion, these days, perspective is everything.

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” — John Lubbock

And then…

Gaining the appropriate perspective in all that you do will lend you the ambition and strength of a thousand armies. It will provide the energy, focus and desire necessary to pull you through the deepest pits and most difficult times of your life. Proper perspective can offer the relief of tunnel vision sometimes necessary to make it through whatever lake of lava you might currently be traveling. It will also allow you to see the beauty in all things that are beautiful, to you. It can open your eyes or blind them — whatever is necessary at the moment.” — kriddle mcgriddle (lol)

Funny thing that I just recently stumbled across this idea of preferring perspective over hope. Maybe one day I will understand hope as some of you do. Or… Maybe… Wolves do play dress up?

The point of the post was to wish you a Happy New Year. I’m not sure where the rest came from.

So… Happy New Year!!


3 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Blankers Says:

    You are so amazing – absolutely intelligent, good-hearted and beautiful to boot! I’m so proud to call you my sister, I miss you so much!

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