Photo by Ross Atkinson
May all of us see the new year come in brighter, happier, and more golden than 2008 has been. While I realize there were some very good things about this last year - my granddaughter's birth, the finding of a potentially lethal aneurysm in my DH before it could kill , my daughter's PhD ceremony ending years of her hard work, the welcome hugs from friends throughout the year, etc. - I believe this past year is one many of us may wish to forget...
But should we? I remember both of my parents telling horror stories of having to go through the Great Depression. My mom lived on a farm in Wisconsin which provided fairly well for the family's needs in the way of butter, milk, eggs, meat, and so on. But my father grew up in a coal mining town in Colorado with very little in the way of money or food. It made me understand why Dad replaced a can of food used with two others from the store. I never understood that mindset fully...until this year.
We are lucky here at Oleo Acres. We have a roof over our heads, food on the table and a fairly stable income. Many others are not so fortunate. A friend of mine who works in a Food Bank in Oregon was telling me of how so many people, for the first time in their lives, are having to request aid to have food to eat. Some others have lost homes and are living out of cars. Knowing these things makes me realize many of the "problems" I may have are small and insignificant by comparison.
I'm not a believer in New Year's Resolutions. to me, they are promises. I don't make promises unless I intend to keep them. But what I do this time of year is take stock of what I can do to be a better person. To do the right thing. To follow the Golden Rule. Right action speaks louder than words spoken.
When I see the above photo my SIL took at the beach in New Zealand, it reminds me to look for the golden things that are all around me in life...and to try to bring a little "golden" to others.
Pax vobiscum. And may this year be truly "Golden" to each and every one of you.