2017 is finally over and 2018 is finally here.
Is there any real reason to rejoice or any reason not to?
Gratefulness, I think is the most appropriate response. Gratefulness to see through another year.
I heard on the news yesterday that a small plane flying 5 tourists, four of whom were suspected to be Brits, over the Sydney landscape crashed into the sea immediately after take-off. December 31st 2017, unbeknownst to them, would be the last day of their lives–none of them survived.
And yet, here we are.
Here I am writing this, and here you are reading this.
Is there a cause to celebrate? Maybe, maybe not.
Is there a cause to be grateful? Most certainly so.
Steve Jobs famously said “if you live everyday as though it were your last, one day you would certainly be right”.
I prefer a much more optimistic theory: if we began each new month with the celebration, pomp and hope that we begin each new year, maybe at the end of the year we would be 12x as happy and fulfilled by the time the end of the year rolled around. And that might be the undeniable cause for celebration.