Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's Dreaming

by Julia Buckley

I love this image of my cat, Rose, gazing out the window with a rather dreamy expression. Perhaps she's making New Year's resolutions. The great thing about early January is that there is a real psychological boost in being able to start over--what is it for you? A new book? A new diet? New confidence?--for me, even a new age, since I always turn a year older just as the world does.

Or perhaps Rose was looking at this beautiful etching on our window--crystalline art that appeared after a frigid night. I found them lovely--the cat and the ice--so I thought I'd share the pictures along with some January philosophy:

"New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights."

~Hamilton Wright Mabie

"New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."

~Mark Twain

"The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective."

~G.K. Chesterton

Happy New Year to all.


Sandra Parshall said...

We attach so much significance to dates that are, after all, man-made. But there's nothing wrong with making positive resolutions for the coming year, regardless of what prompts them.

Julia Buckley said...

I think beginnings are always positive because of the hope they imply.