Yet Another New Year

Finally, people bade farewell to 2018 and celebrated the advent of yet another New Year. Many people celebrated the New Year eve with a lot of gourmet food, plenty of booze and raving mad entertainment. Many of us even made some New Year resolutions to either make a new beginning or to get some things right.

New Year signifies the passing of time. A very precious 365 days are gone by which will never return into our lives. In other words, we got 365 days closer to our deaths. Death is such an insidious thing that it keeps nearing us even while we celebrate the advent of a New Year thinking that it will bring us luck and enable us to break old habits and cultivate new habits.

Henry Jackson van Dyke, an American author, educator and clergyman, in one of his best-known poems titled “Time Is” wonderfully depicted the nature of time.

Time is

Too slow for those who Wait,

Too swift for those who Fear,

Too long for those who Grieve,

Too short for those who Rejoice,

But for those who Love,

Time is Eternity.

Every single word of this poem is so true that we instantaneously start identifying ourselves with them. This poem made me think about the kind of life which I led till now. Upon introspection, I concluded that I waited, feared and grieved a lot to feel the negative impact of time. However, I rarely rejoiced to know the shortness of time. As far as love is concerned, though I loved some things and some people, my hatred for many things and many people did not allow me to derive the full benefits of the positive emotion. Maybe in the New Year, I will be able to rejoice more and ‘love all and hate none’ to improve my emotional health.

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