The Queen of England had her annus horribilis a few years back. Thatís Latin for horrible year. Well, weíve had one, too. This year weíve been surrounded by cancer, surgeries, accidents, and death. Iíll spare you the details.
As 2013 winds to a close, we sincerely hope that next year will be better, that somehow the turn of the page on the calendar marks the end of the bad times and the beginning of the good. Could something as arbitrary as a date really make a difference? No, but maybe yes. January is named for the Roman God Janus, god of transitions, beginnings and endings. We are at the physical end of the year. The days are at their shortest. Plants are dormant and weíre literally in the deep freeze. This moment of rest is necessary in order to reemerge in the springtime with the vital stores we need to go forward. Itís time to reflect on the past rather than rage against it, because despite the awful, there has also been some pretty wonderful in 2013. Itís time to look to the future with hope.
We all have our routines, whether itís the walk we take every day, or the pew we sit in at church, or the route we take to work, or the restaurants we go to and the things we eat. Every once in a while, though, itís good to shake up that routine. Walk in the opposite direction. Sit in a different place. Go the long way around. Order something that youíve never eaten or that you think you donít even like. Youíll be amazed at how things look from that new perspective. My regular walk is a loop, and when I go the opposite way, itís as if Iím on another road altogether, the views are so different.
And so it is with life. We go along from day to day doing the same comfortable things, and then we are suddenly thrust into an entirely new situation, which gives us an opportunity to look at our lives anew and focus on whatís really important. My wish is that no tragedy propels you into this perspective. I hope you just try it as an intellectual exercise here at the end of one year and the beginning of another.
And on that note, a reminder that we do not publish a January 1st issue of the Kenwood Press. Alec and I wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!