On the 8th day of a New Year


A tad late at wishing everyone on WordPress a Happy New Year! I certainly hope that this year will be more harmonious, full of wise choices, less political bickering and more, at lot more tolerance and love. Last year was at a tough year for me and my family. We lost a few loved ones and grieving is most definitely a long process.

On this 8th day of our New Year, I hope we all have a “Year of Magical Thinking”. I borrowed the title of Joan Didion’s national best seller of 2005, which I have just recently read. The book helped me through my grieving process. It is an extraordinary read for anyone who has had to accept the death of a family member of dear friend. A true must read.  But the title also connects to my newly found optimism that we will collectively begin to read more, think things through more objectively and clearly as well in quite stillness and complete mindfulness. Therein, lies the magical thinking.

Mario Gianluigi Puzo’s novel The Godfather uses the reference of “going to the mattresses” in the voice of Sonny:

“No, no, no! No more! Not this time, Consigliere, an adviser, especially to a crime boss. No more meetings, no more discussions, no more Sollozzo tricks. You give ’em one message: I want Sollozzo. If not, it’s all-out war: we go to the mattresses.”

I ask for all of us to go to the books, the sacred documents of our founders penned and to the words of thoughtful, mindful writers. Read, write, react, respond and foster great ideas and stand up for our democracy. I ask you as a teacher, a mother, a grandmother of four, a proud American and of course as a poet.

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “Outside noisy, inside empty.” I see this in politics today and it scares me.  However, we have the moral responsibility to make the “Noisy” go away. Hopefully, something will fill the emptiness. The emptiness inside any individual can only be filled by that individual. I can only pray for people who have that void.

On this 8th day of the New Year I hope you can join me in growing hope for the present, for the now. We must nurture it like a plant and keep it safe from storms. and coldness today. Death has taught me that life is too precious and too short. One of my favorite authors Dr. Wayne Dyer said it the best:

                                               “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal.

                                               Live this day as if it were your last.

                                              The past is over and gone.

                                              The future is not guaranteed.”

 

 

There seems to be much uncertainty today. It may overwhelm us this very moment. I felt that way. But it made me ill. I began asking myself, what I can do today to change that feeling, erase the fear. The response was the same each time. Act now. Think magically now. All shall pass. Happy today! Happy today, the 8th day of the New Year!

 

 

2018 0r @)!* – What I look forward to…


 

 

On the eve of a new year

I make a list of things

I look forward to in my life.

No resolutions, not any more;

they never really worked any time before.

I list only things that I know will bring me Joy

and hope that my family too might enjoy.

This year I look forward to the birth

of another grand child

bringing the total to four

and looking forward to maybe one more.

I look forward to  watching the trees

fill up with leaves

and cherry blossoms galore

and sit under our great big oak

to think about the people I adore.

I look forward to summer nights

with skies full of bright stars

and super moons

that stream their light

through the doors I left ajar

I look forward to

new love songs

that make me feel young again

I look forward to long talks

with my dearest and best friend.

I look forward to the book

that someone is just now thinking about writing

in hopes that world is inspired

and we all start loving each other

and forget about what started all the fighting

These things I look forward to

may seem dull and corny to a few

but I hope that many of you

know that all I really want to do

is to spread love and that you feel

the Peace you may agree is overdue.

Happy New Year to my fellow bloggers

and the folks who follow this blog.

May every day this new year

only happiness accrue.