Friday, January 01, 2016

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 used to tell my sister who thought I never looked 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 the word ‘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 because that puts a lot of pressure on those relationships; you either have happiness 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 … when we are seeing what we see, and who we see, on television every day. 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. 
The more you learn …. And … shooting star. Sorry, I had to do that.
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 Husband ... my Husband ... 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 while I am generally happy, I have also learned to be happier; and I've earned that happiness. And I am responsible for it now, because 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

Life will be fairer
Need will be rarer
Greed will not pay
God speed
This bright millennium
On its way
Let it come

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

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



anne marie in philly said...

HNY dear!

the dogs' mother said...

xoxoxox, still 2015 here :-)

Princess said...

Happy New Year Bob and Carlos
I find out all i need to know about America right here at your place.
Who needs a news service?

Sheila Morris said...

Wonderfully said, Bob! I will believe with you as we start 2016.

Thank you for being our faithful friend.

Happy New Year!

Mitchell is Moving said...

Thanks for another year of inspiration and entertainment (I guess that thanks should go to Carlos the Muse, as well). Wishing you much happiness in 2016.

Blobby said...

Happy New Year to all of you.

Sadie J said...

Happy New Year!

Mark in DE said...

Here's a suggestion: Replace the word "more" with the word "better" in your sentence. It would then be "But I do look forward to doing better, and learning better, thinking better, reading better, loving better, laughing better." After all, more is better, right?!?!

Happy new year to you, Carlos, and the furry four.