HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! I hope it’s a good one. It’s midday on New Year’s Day and my son has just come in from his all night drinking session and gone to bed. I don’t expect to see him again today, so there goes my plans for a family lunch. My other son has already gone out with friends and my daughter is still in Africa. Seems like everyone enjoyed their New Year’s Eve festivities – I certainly did. We had a lovely night out with friends at the Olympic Cinema in Barnes where they put on a very impressive party for 400 people – all wearing masks. Look at my little owly, fluffy friends:-
So I’m practically home alone, wondering if I should be addressing my New Year’s Resolutions with a hangover. Not entirely sure why we put ourselves through the hell of deciding to change or give up lots of things we love. Maybe we should instead look at what we’ve got to be thankful for and leave it at that? My mother isn’t making any resolutions because they always get broken – so why bother? She says it’s much better to make them up as you go along.
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”
Does that really work though? Then the grass just grows up around you and you can get lost or disappear from view entirely. Shouldn’t you aim to cut channels in the grass to suit your chosen path? I can’t decide if I should do more nothing or make more plans this year. Either going with the flow or charging around trying to change things and make a difference. I’m not very good at just sitting, in fact I’m hopeless at it, but then again I’m not very good at decision making either.
It’s been a big old scary year for the world and I’m sure there is more of the same to come. So today I’m in a reflective sort of mood and all my big, complicated thoughts about what needs to be done about saving the world keep coming back to this photo that my daughter sent me from Africa. Here is a reminder of the big wide world in all it’s simplicity and beauty. Nothing better that sitting by a watering hole watching elephants drink and appreciating the bigger picture. Jealous, moi?