Hello 2017

I, for one, am happy to be saying good-bye to 2016. Not just because of all the terrible and disappointing things that happened in the world, but because of the terrible and disappointing things that happened in my own little corner of the universe. It would be foolish to deny that anything good happened in 2016 because there was ‘good’, but somehow it’s the dark and ugly things that have a way of sucking the breath and the light from the good. Why? Because dark and ugly are powerful.

I know that sometimes us humans can’t help but dwell on the past – it’s inevitable.  Most of us, however, will come to realize (sooner or later) that doing so will drag us down to not only places we don’t want to be, but to places we don’t deserve; down to the dark and ugly places. And so… we get up. We get up and we try again. It doesn’t matter who or what has kicked you in the teeth, and for the most part, it doesn’t really matter why. If you keep the dark and ugly and hold on to it, it will never let you go.  You will never crawl out of the hole. So… climb. Now, it may grab your ankle and pull you back down a little, that’s okay. Keep climbing. Get out of the hole. Living things can’t flourish in the dark. Okay, I know what you’re thinking – mushrooms – but you know what they thrive on right? Sure you do. No thanks, not for me.  Drink the sun, breathe life, so you can exhale the $#it that you’ve been wallowing in for the past year. Life will happen anyway.  It will happen with you or without you. It doesn’t care.

More than anything, this post is for me.  It is a pep talk to myself from myself, or, from the disappointed 2016 me to the hopeful 2017 me. Enough of my 2016 philosophy, I leave you with a little philosophy from others.

“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”  Barbara De Angelis

“Memories have huge staying power, but like dreams, they thrive in the dark, surviving for decades in the deep waters of our minds like shipwrecks on the sea bed.”  J. G. Ballard

“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.”  Dr. Steve Maraboli

“False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.”  Richard Burton