I’m pleased that 2014 is ending (it wasn’t a good year, to be honest) and that 2015 is arriving—a new year filled with opportunities, challenges, dreams and desires, hopes, and prayers.
But what I should be is ecstatic. I should be doing cartwheels, applauding, laughing with joy. What I am doing is gazing upon the past—as I suppose many do this time of year—and wondering why I’d not been wiser, more mature, stronger, more courageous. Why hadn’t I taken the bull by the horns and strived to improve things or move forward? . . . Because sometimes we are caught up in situations and responsibilities that keep us locked in place. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just is. It’s also a learning period, a lesson-or-three-learned phase.
Sometimes we look beyond our own lives and families. Maybe we wonder why various lives stagnate whereas others blossom . . . why certain folks have it easy while others struggle . . . why some are so rich they can afford multi-million-dollar homes yet others sleep on cold park benches . . . why we are where we are.
I could provide answers, refer to Scripture, claim there are no coincidences, and fate is governed by alternate sources. The rationale and reasoning would be spot-on, but they might not be that encouraging. It all depends on what we want to hear and do.
I’m pleased that 2015 is arriving. I’m going to ensure that it is a year filled with opportunities, challenges, dreams and desires, hopes, and prayers . . . and that everything I wish for is fulfilled on the upcoming journey.
I’m going to continue keeping the faith. I may still wonder, and question, but in my heart and soul, I’ll know the answer.