Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year

I love the New Year. The freshness of what may be; the thought of infinite possibility; the idea that I am another year older. Okay, that last one I don't like so much, but since, as I tell my sister who thinks I never look any older, The Gays aren't allowed to age, I don't mind the extra year under the belt.

But I do look forward to doing more, and learning more, thinking more, reading more, loving more, laughing more. These aren't resolutions, as I don't make resolutions because when I do, my resolutions last about as long as it takes me to say resolution. These are promises and wishes, hopes and dreams.

So, I'll leave you all to have a good day, with a repost of a previous New Years Day thoughts:

The more things change :::blibbety blah blay bloo touch me::: the more they remain the same:  I am a believer in happiness. I believe that happiness is all we really get in life, and that everything else follows. 
Things don't make us happy, at least not for long. And you can't expect people to make you happy either; you either have it to begin with, and others add to it, or you don't.

If you don't believe that, just look around at all the sad, angry, lonely faces you pass on the street. Happiness is something you possess, that you give out, and get back. We're responsible for our own happiness, each and all of us; responsible to find it, to hold on to it; to nurture it and share it.
Without happiness in ourselves, for being ourselves, how can we expect to live fully and completely. We suffer loss every day; I've had my share and, sad to say, I know there's more to come, but I feel happy in the memories I have of those who've gone on ahead.
I know it's hard to be happy when times are hard. It's near impossible to think that things will get better, but they will; it might not be the better you were thinking it would be, but I have learned that it will get better. 
I have learned, from my Father the Teacher, never to stop learning and reading and speaking and, well, ranting; the more you learn, the more you grow, and understand, the more happiness you can accept. 
I have learned, from my Mother the Nurturer, to care for things, for people, for animals, for life; to make each day better for those around us, and to make it better for ourselves in the end. 
I have learned, from my Sister the Temper, to speak up; why sit quietly and let things happen to you? Stand up and demand the things you want, the happiness you want. Don't settle. 
I have learned, from my Brother the Father, to hold close to family; never let them go; whether it's the family you were born into, or the family you created out of necessity; hold on to them, and protect them, and love them. 
I have learned, from my Partner the Optimist, how to actually let go and be in love and damn the torpedoes; how to be open and honest and know that it won't hurt; how to love yourself, and everyone around you. 
So, I once again realize that I have learned to be happy; I've earned happiness. And I am responsible for it. It is, after all, all you really get in life.
Some day
When we are wiser
When the world's older
When we have learned
I pray
Someday we may yet live
To live and let live
Someday
Life will be fairer
Need will be rarer
Greed will not pay
God speed
This bright millennium
On its way
Let it come
Someday
Someday
Our fight will be won then
We'll stand in the sun then
That bright afternoon
Till then
On days when the sun is gone
We'll hang on
Wish upon the moon
Change will come
There are some days dark and bitter
Seems we haven't got a prayer
But a prayer for someday better
Is the one thing we all share
Someday
Life will be fairer
Need will be rarer
Greed will not pay
God speed
This bright millennium
Let it come
Wish upon the moon
Change will come
One day
Someday
Soon.

11 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Happy New Year - soon... Fireworks here and Abby is sticking close to me and hoping nobody notices.

Raybeard said...

A downpour starting around 11.30 p.m. fizzled out most of our local celebrations, which helped me and my pussies get on with our much preferred sleep.
However, here's wishing you and your nearest and dearest a 2014 to beat all the previous ones, Bob, with good health being the greatest wish of all.

S'A said...

Thanks for sharing your life with us here. I've learned things from you and you didn't even know you were teaching! May 2014 be a banner year! Happy New Year to you both.

designing wally said...

Happiest of new years to you and Carlos!

Thanks for everything you do.

MAC said...

HERE'S TO A FABULOUS 2014!!! XOXO MAC

Robert said...

Wishing you all the best for 2014!

It was a quiet New Years here in Iowa. We watched the ball drop and then went to bed. We're such party animals here. LOL

Bob Slatten said...

@TDM
Our "kids" don't get so bothered by the fireworks so we count our blessing!

@Raybeard
HNY2014! And right back atcha!

@S'A
Thanks ::::blush:::::

@Wally
I could say the same to you my friend!

@MAC
Happy New year and thanks for all the lovelies!

@Robert
Your New years sounds a bit like ours. I was asleep before 1 AM!

viktor kerney said...

Happy New Year, Bob

mistress maddie said...

Happy New Year to you both!!!! I love this when you posted it last year. A ISBL tradition!!!! May the New Year send much peace and love to you both!!!!

Mitchell is Moving said...

Very moving. I love what you've learned from your family... and from having an optimist partner. A beautiful New Year's post. Thanks!

Mark in DE said...

Happy belated new year, Bob!