Without deferment nor stoppage, the old year will certainly go. Eventually, the new year will come. What we had done in the past was forever gone and would return only in reminiscence and never in reality. Memory defies time. Anita Loos once said: “It is more indelible than ink.” While James M. Barrie professed: God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. Through memory, we can look back at 2013 with nostalgia and regret if we did something wrong that ruined our life.
Indeed, the passing of the old year had left us a story of life replete with a plethora of memories. Sweet or bitter, good or bad. It is such because our human weaknesses drove us to mire in shortcomings, pessimism, dalliance, sloth, mediocrity, complacency, etc. Of course, we will hate to remember the past year. Such hatred will make us disown the incoming year. What is the use of welcoming it when it has nothing to offer except a rehash of the past year’s life. But that was 2013 and whatever painful experiences we had had were gone, “had beens” that should be consigned to the dustbin of our memoirs, otherwise we shall suffer the stigma of stasis and regression.
In essence, what is really new in the coming of 2014? Matter-of-factly, it brings nothing that is extraordinary and novel. Literally, the coming year becomes new only with the inevitable change of the last digit of the four figures representing the old and the new years, i.e., from number 3 to 4. Ever and always, it brings in the many same and old familiar things. Since humanity had begun using the Gregorian Calendar, year goes and comes with the same numbers of months in a year, the same names and sequence, the same numbers of a month except February with additional day every four years, the same total numbers of days in a year with one more day during leap year.
Moreover, we have the same dates of birthday but birthday days move one day ahead every year and two days during leap year.
In welcoming the new year, it is also similar of the past year with the same customs and traditions hardly altered by the incursion of the state-of-the-art living while its every essence remains because of its immutability. Indeed, it is the old familiar things we have to live through our life unless we do something to change and break them up.
However, not everything in the new year is old. There is something new in it. Of course and again for the nth time, we can make a new resolution. Moreover, whether we like or not, on our 2014th birthday, another year will be definitely added to our age. If we are still young, we welcome it, but if we are already a senior citizen, probably we detest it. But how do we grow old? In just chronological order less maturity and wisdom as expressed in the vernacular, “tumatanda nang walang pinagkatandaan.” Yes, older but not wiser and that we still are the same old familiar self with no palpable change for the better.
Change is the most significant constant in our life. Its constancy has propelled us who, what, why and how we are. It is that makes years come and go. Although, inevitably and inescapably going senescent, we are still the same persons endowed by the Almighty God with all the characteristics we can develop, nurture, harness and sustain a life of our own choice. Any day of the year can be used to start a change but the most ideal and perfectly timed occasion is the new year because we look up to it as a thing being made up of fresh, novel, young and green stuff that inspires hope in us.
But hope is not enough to achieve our desired life for 2014. It should be accompanied with a resolution to fulfill come what may. A resolution is useless and inutile no matter how impressive it is if it remains mere words alone. On the other hand, the new year is upon us. It is here now, the present that gives us another chance, time and opportunity to have a new life different from the past years. Resolution plus dogged courage, will, and determination are the real keys for change. However, if the paralysis of pessimism and fear tells us that 2014 has nothing good and bright to offer, let us not grieve and lose our hope. Seek God’s graces and blessings and let our hope be inspired and enlivened with prayer because it has power and creates miracles. Alfred Lord Tennyson said: “More things are wrought with prayers that this world has dreamt of.”
The old has gone. Let it be to where it belongs for we can never go back there and change what we had wrongly done. Remember, “what has been done can’t be undone.”
The new has come and we can use the lessons learned from the past to make things better next times. It is never to late and too old to start for a change. Believe in our self that the best is yet to come.
Resolution ready? Wait! Let us have the lessons of the past years for reference and guidance. Fortify it with positive outlook and stuff it with prayers. Then, welcome, meet and live 2014 with pulsating hope and happiness.