Star light, star bright, The first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.
Another year lies just ahead. The economic, political and environmental landscape looks dark and bleak. The way forward is uphill with the clutter of obstacles that will cause many to stumble and fall. It will take resolve and determination if we are to reach our goal and it is only step by step we find our way with courage and faith for every day. Last years lesson a bitter pill but surely hope knows what beauty waits, just over the hill. This celebration we do for a new year is a cleansing for the spirit and the mind. It is a time to start fresh and wipe the palette clean. All that is required is now we start anew, to choose a clear direction or once again regain the path we dreamed.
Along this path I choose there are cairns and signposts. I put them there myself. If I am wise I will take notice and stop and pause at each. A milepost for reflection, a chance to look back to see how far I’ve come and then look forward to chart my course. There are seeds that I have planted along this trail that I have journeyed these years, now decades. I look back and there is beauty. Those small seeds planted many years ago now flowering, sturdy roots. The fruit. I make no New Years resolutions so easily broken in a week a month or two. Instead I choose adventures and things I’d like to do. I’m going to make a movie, climb a mountain that I never did before and learn the ukelele and sing a song or two.
It was a beautiful moment the other evening when I saw the evening star at sunset. The upper sky darkening round a lazy crescent moon while below the orange sky sank in the ocean and there at the edge of day and night appeared the first star. Without hesitation or thought I made a wish. I was transported back to my childhood bed on a summer evening and there on the open window sill was Jiminey Cricket to comfort me. A star was twinkling at the edge of dreams. I broke out in song right there. “When you wish upon a star….” Can’t hurt. Wishing you have clear skies and a Happy New Year.