We’re into 2017 already…and what changes have you made? A little piece written before the clocks turned 12 on December 31, 2016…
Last year marked some unbelievable changes: the images pouring out of Syria topped a new level of gut-wrenching gruesomeness, a truck ploughing into an innocent Christmas market in Berlin and, yes, a playboy TV personality actually made it to the White House. Now, whatever your views – humanity has been shaken to its core. I will not comment with my own personal position: I’ve long learned my lesson that politics and religion are the quickest route to discord. However, I do believe that there is a bright light in there somewhere…Trump’s ascension to Presidency while unbelievable does illustrate that which we often forget, anything is possible.
As part of the inherent good in our society, I believe that we all have a duty this year in 2017 to be more and do more and especially to think more about others. To think about those who are less fortunate than we. To view differences as enhancements and not barriers. To celebrate the extraordinary and to try our very best to not fear the unknown, but take a step towards it.
Recently I saw a wonderful ad by Amazon – a priest and an imam, both friends, end up buying each other the same gift. In one genius stroke the marketing group at Amazon leaves you feeling that there’s room for everyone and everyone’s belief on this planet.
It is now about 18 hours since I started writing the above and as luck would have it, the universe has plucked me out of my ‘magnanimity’ and once again thrown me into the pits of life. Yes, for the past 17 hours I have cleaned vomit from every crack and crevice of my home, gotten down on bended knees and scrubbed every surface, and washed everything including a very large, luxurious king duvet.
It’s amazing how quickly ‘life happens’. One moment I’m posting a photo of me and Mr. Niceguy preparing for a family feast and reflecting upon my good fortune for living in a country with no war, the rule of law on the brink of my favourite day in the whole year (Xmas eve) and in one fell swoop, gastroenteritis. And not mine either.
It seems this is the pattern in life. Big things take a back seat to the little ones. And somehow, the little ones become the much bigger things, while the big things just, well, “happen over there.” But I think it’s ok for that to happen…sometimes…especially when you’re trying to get the sick smell out from your rug – yes, that happened too!
The little things count…and I daresay, they count just as much as the big things.
Mr. Niceguy and I have often had an interesting repartee about things – like how my perspective can sometimes…well…be skewed. Quite frankly, I believe his can be quite skewed too…albeit in the opposite direction. Like when the nearly 7 year old projectile vomited all over the kitchen floor and the “splash and splatter” wound up all over the kitchen cabinets – even the ones behind him. And here’s a holiday scene for you, the poor little guy was standing in a puddle of, Hey! When did he even have rice? I don’t recall giving him any rice in the past two days!! And what do you suppose that green stuff is?!
I was frozen to my spot. Couldn’t believe what I was seeing – I mean that stuff was coming out with such brute force reminiscent of a volcanic eruption. While Mr. Niceguy lifted 7 year old and proceeded to place him, clothes and all, into a tub, I muttered and cursed and pleaded with the powers that be, “oh, why me???” and to please end my torture – to just let me get on peacefully with my small existence and the planning of my beloved family dinner.
In one fell swoop I was at the computer googling what was wrong with my little guy and did it merit a trip to the hospital…while Mr. Niceguy, as cool as cool can be, cleaned our boy up, put him to bed, covered every surface with spare sheets and towels (AARRGHHH!) and simply carried on.
This pattern was repeated all night long: I, woe is me-ing, and Mr. Niceguy just managing the situation at large.
Now, about 18.5 hours later, life has completely turned back around: Mr. Niceguy is peeling potatoes, my roast is nearly done, my cheese pies (beuregs) are making the house smell divine, the 10 year old is still as happy as a kid can be on Xmas eve and the 7 year old is making a tremendous recovery. All despite my lack of sleep, two-or-so minor mental breakdowns, and the (very prudent) cancellation of some guests’ attendance.
So as I prepare to sit for my Xmas eve meal in less than 3 hours…by the time, reader, you finish reading my article, you will be well into 2017, and there will be big things and little things and the little things will seem like big things, while the big things happen over there…
I hope each and every one of us remember the more important things, particularly when our little things stop being big things: to make every moment count, to stick to our resolutions (they are really our deepest desires, I believe – like my desire to be 10 pounds lighter like I was at the start of 2016) and above all, to remember to have the Xmas spirit last throughout the year.
Hoping you’ve had a great start to 2017!!