Old Year’s Night. That is what December 31st is called in the Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean. Better known as “New Year’s Eve” in North America, I have not figured out why certain parts of the world use a moniker that emphasizes the year that has passed, in naming a night that typically celebrates the possibilities of the year to come. But, I digress. For the first time in my life “Old Year’s Night” seems fitting for December 31st, because 2018 will be a year of leaving things behind.
Regardless whether you make new year’s resolutions, put aside the immediate focus on adding things to your life, and instead consider what you will leave in 2017. That is what one insightful person on my social media suggested, and I wish I could remember who it was (if you have come across this idea on your social media and remember who said it please let me know in the comments section below). Though I have no plan to make any new year’s resolutions, I absolutely love the idea of coming up with a few things that no longer have a place in my life now that 2017 is over. My list includes neglecting relationships with people who are dear to me, accommodating last-minute plans that could have been made earlier, and making decisions in the midst of confusion.
It would be an understatement to say that 2017 was a difficult year. It was probably one of the most difficult of my life and I am glad to see it go. Life during 2017 could have been more simple had I earlier received the insight to leave neglect, rushing and confusion behind. But hindsight, after all, is 20/20. Having survived what seems like a year of disasters, I can at least reflect on the lessons learned throughout 2017.
So what does all this mean going forward? I don’t know. Perhaps nothing more than I survived, I am a year older and hopefully a year wiser. Beyond that? Only time will tell. But I know it will be good. So, dear readers, I wish you a Happy 2018!!! May your year be filled with wisdom, love, grace, joy and all God’s richest blessings in every aspect of your lives. Thank you for your support throughout 2017, and I hope to hear more from you in 2018. May the rest of your days be the best of your days.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)