A New Year

A new year. What does that mean? Well, for one, I have to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014. I usually revert back to last year sometime in the middle of January.
Symbolically, the new year gives us a fresh start, motivation to get healthy, start new habits, and put the past behind us.
The Christmas decorations are back in boxes. I am in the midst of spring cleaning (living on a farm, there was never time to do that in the spring), and tax preparation. This year, I am making a concerted effort to count my blessings too. After all, we don’t get to where we are, without coming from somewhere.
Last year was certainly a challenge, but then again, when have I not said that. Every year is a test of will, creativity, and endurance. Life throws down the gauntlet, and we can either put on a smile and pick it up, or not. The ‘or not’ is a crevasse of defeating emotions that we all ‘teter on the brink of’ at some time or another in our lives. Grief is a monumental factor in taking people to the brink of that crevasse. Slog on by, people, slog right on by. You can do it.
So, why does the New Year begin in the middle of winter? Why not on the first day of winter? Why not on the spring equinox when life is starting anew (unless, of course, you live south of the equator)? Who made these decisions? and who put them in charge in the first place?
A new year means new questions. What new technology will be coming to a retail outlet near you? What new global crisis will challenge us to find new solutions to co-exist with our planet, the environment, other countries, and other religions?
What is your question for the New Year? Bring it on. Get outside your box and think up a good question we can all debate. Let’s have a discussion of difficult ideas. I want to charge into the New Year with purpose and joy, and what better way than with the challenge of a good debate!

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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