Monday, December 31, 2012

A Long Way To Go

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year.
It is that we should have a new soul.”
- G.K. Chesterton -

My insatiable thirst for humour, knowledge and fascinating stories has me traveling around the internet from one place to another quite often. I gather information the way a squirrel gathers nuts; pouncing from one location to another, sniffing around, hoping to dig up something interesting. Then I store it for future reference, and at times for sharing with you.



Some of my online time is spent visiting my favourite blogs, which is always the most enjoyable part of my journey. Many of those blogs belong to individuals that I’ve become quite fond of over time; individuals that I consider friends. Cyber friends, if you may, but still, friends. And who knows... Perhaps I’ll get lucky some day and meet some more of you in person, the way I did with Jane this past summer.

But not all my web adventures are pleasant. Just like I land on sites that offer stories, videos and images that make me smile or laugh out loud, I also land on sites with stories or posts that upset me, frustrate me, anger me, and at times, put me in tears. I suppose I could avoid these depressing places altogether and go about enjoying a carefree journey, but pretending bad things don’t exist in this world doesn’t mean they don’t. So I stay. And read. And learn. And sigh. And realize once again how far humanity has to go before peace, tolerance, equality, understanding, empathy, respect, generosity, kindness and compassion are not just words that we simply pay lip service to. Year after year. Decade after decade. And century after century.


My faith in humanity is shattered repeatedly, but before it reaches rock bottom, acts of kindness surface to the top that convince me that there is hope in our species. That somehow decency, compassion and generosity will prevail. If we want it to. If we are persistent. If we strive to make it happen. Slowly, perhaps, but surely.

Tomorrow, the world begins again. Tomorrow, we are given a clean slate. Tomorrow is a new opportunity to make it the best year yet. For all. Let’s not just hope or dream of a better world. Let’s make it one. Together. Side by side. Hand in hand. I know we can do it. I believe we can. Yes, we have a long way to go, but every step in the right direction will lead us to that better place.

For everyone around the world, I hope and pray for the end of all our world’s troubles - war, famine, violence, poverty, slavery, drought, prejudice, terrorism, crime, oppression, disease, pollution, illiteracy, religious strife – and anything else that needs healing.

And to all of you, my friends, I wish peace, love, joy, prosperity, and most of all, good health. May 2013 bring these blessings into your lives, and into the lives of those you love.

Happy New Year!


16 comments:

  1. Well I'm glad that you share so much of the fun stuff with us, Martha. A very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

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    1. And I will continue to do so in 2013. Happy New Year, Sulky!

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    1. Happy New Year, Adam! All the best to you and yours.

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  3. What a thoughtful meditation on the New Year, Martha! All the best to you and your family in 2013!

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    1. And to you and yours, Debra! Enjoy your party tonight!

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  4. I heart you Martha, thank you for these beautiful words. Much love and affection in 2013.

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    1. And to you as well, Laeli! All the best for 2013. May it be a great one for you.

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  5. A truly fabulous post, Martha. I hear and second your hopes and prayers. Thanks for sharing so much with us over the past year. May you and your family be blessed in 2013!!

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    1. And the same to you and your family, Jane! Let's all hope for the best year yet for all of us. Happy New Year!

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  6. Hello, Martha! And a very happy new year to you, too. I believe you have the best New Year "resolution" I've ever read, and I think it would be wonderful if we could all adopt one just like it. Great things happen from small beginnings, and with so many people wanting these great things and working on them in our small way, it all adds up to something grand. I hope we see some miraculous and wondrous changes in 2013. Happy New Year!
    Hugs and blessings,
    Bird

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    1. Bird, I'm so happy to see you here! I can't tell you how many times you've crossed my mind as I think about you often, hoping you are feeling better. You got it: great things happen from small beginnings. We do have to start somewhere, don't we? Hugs and blessings to you, too. May 2013 be good to you and your loved ones!

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  7. Your post speaks to the heart in capital letters.

    I think you have to look at bad things square on and then try to do something to make that situation better - or if that option is not possible - to do something to make things better where you are.

    I love how you juxtapose difficult things with happy or uplifting images! It's like you're holding up optimism and hope even when things are dark.

    Enjoy your brand new year!

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    1. I think optimism is one of the most important things in life. I can't imagine my life without some humour, or happy things in it. Keeps me going. Keeps me sane!

      Happy New Year!

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  8. What a lovely and hopeful post, Martha! A good reminder to us all that even our small efforts at showing love and kindness make a difference. Thank you for all your wonderful posts---they are a blessing to many. And so are you, my friend. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Beth. You say the nicest things! I think of you in the same way, and dream of seeing you in person one day. Who knows...perhaps it may happen.

      Happy New Year! May 2013 be a good year to all of you!

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