A brand spanking new year, for those using the Gregorian calendar it will be the year 2011, the winter in which the lunar eclipse coincided with the solstice, a roughly one-in-400-year event. As well, the polar ice cap is melted so much that the ice cover of the Hudson Bay is more than a month late, polar bears pacing at Churchill’s shores, more hungry than they ever have been before.
Travelling was exceptionally difficult and this seemed to almost globally have been so, due to weather conditions. Many would attribute these flukes of nature to divine intervention and some even anticipate “the end of the world” soon.
I say it’s a reminder that we as humans are very smart and can invent all types of advancement in technology and do fairly well, but that ultimately, nature rules!
I am enjoying hanging out for most of the day on the couch in my PJs, watching a whole season of 30Rock in one sitting with a cup of real coffee and the cat stretched out beside me. I say, thank god for winter and the legitimate wish to slow down and charge my batteries, all by myself, without hesitation and without regret, after a quiet evening the night before. Wonderful!
The new year will be, hopefully, for many a starting point for reducing greenhouse gases by walking more, buying less, taking the public transit and bicycle more often and decrease destructive and thoughtless ways of living and working, showing more respect for mother earth and all of her inhabitants.
I anticipate an increase in wisdom and enjoyment in my life because of it–the other side of getting older–more expression of love in relationships, less living in the fast lane, leaving that to the younger generation who deserves a chance at mastering industry. Not that no wise young people exist, au contraire, just read the lyrics of Take A Minute by the Canadian, Somalian born artist K’Naan.
I encourage you to respond to my thoughts and will reply.