This week I was flipping through TV channels and came across the animated children’s special, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. In it, Father Time told Rudolph that if the horrible vulture, Eon the Terrible, takes Happy, the Baby New Year, time stops and the current year never comes to an end.  2020 forever?  I shudder at the thought.

This got me thinking about our upcoming passage to the new year.  People have been anticipating it since about May, as evidenced by the continuous memes wanting 2020 to end. Of course, it is not so much the specific year that is the problem, as much as it is this year’s events, which unfortunately will follow us into 2021. 

I believe we celebrate the new year because it represents change – our desire to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.  Sadly, we can’t just stop the pandemic, civil unrest, political division, and other 2020 issues when 2021 arrives.  And since we can’t change these specific concerns, our change has to be one of mindset. 

Personally, I hope my change comes in the form of more optimism, more assuming in the positive intent of others, and less obsessing on troubling factors in my life over which I have little control.  And because I believe we find what we are looking for, I’ll try to continuously look for the good – and hope that in doing so, the good will spread. 

Later this week one chapter will close and a new one will begin to be written.  And in the spirit of optimism and good will, I, for one, will look forward to what the new year holds in store for us all. 

Happy New Year.