I received an e-mail today from a printer about how publishers will think about changes in the year ahead, and it contained the following:
I SALUTE YOU!
There is nothing I can give you which you have not;
but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
And so, at this holiday time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever,
the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
This comes from the 12th century, I believe, and yet it is so relevant to where we are in the 21st. There really may be nothing "new" but there are truths that endure forever.
Behind the darkness that has been clouding our world this fall and early winter, there is light. So often, we give in to the darkness and listen to the negativity that is all around, and fall into despair and depression.
Yet it is so clear, it seems to me as we approach a new year, that this can only lead to more negativity and perhaps the creation of a self-fulfilling prophecy in which the worst cast scenario becomes a reality.
If we can see the light that is there behind the darkness and hold on to that, the possibilities of what can be accomplished are virtually endless.
So, to all of my new FOHBOH friends who have brought much light into my life since this summer, Take Heaven, Take Peace, Take Joy, and take hope that the year ahead will be what we make of it - a better one, a one in which we prevail, survive and succeed, and do good things!