Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’ — Alfred Lord Tennyson
Happy New Year! I have written this quote in my journal to greet me next week, although… doesn’t it feel like today is the start of a new week rather than Friday? Is it just me or are any of you all turned around on what day it is. That upside down factor has been amplified because Steve has been working from home more recently so I don’t have his normal routine to help me with days! But… happier. Doesn’t that sound lovely? It certainly does for me. There were glimmers of hope this week again… seek and ye shall find… yes, indeed!
The birds again were Harbingers of Hope when one morning about 20 robins were flocking in the bushes next to my porch, enjoying a breakfast of the frozen berries that are hanging in bunches all over. I saw some birds standing guard, alert for danger while the others gleefully gobbled up the berries… and then I saw them trade places so the “guard birds” could participate in the feast! If the birds can care for one another, surely that gives us all hope that we can too!
Our Christmas snow melted away this week, but twice I woke to a fresh dusting of snow making everything look so bright and clean… a visible reminder that each day we have a clean slate – a chance to begin again. And that is the best kind of hope of all… that no matter how miserably I failed the day before I have a chance to try again.
Sometimes, hope comes only when you have torn everything away…a 6-minute listen from Clint Smith (and you absolutely should listen). And if you have not read Clint’s Counting Descent… do! It is some of the best poetry I have read all year!
A new year means setting a new reading goal (or at least for me it does, lol) and setting that goal is the epitome of hope! The wishful thinking of how much I might read in a year… it is like that open door, smiling with a promise of happiness. In previous years, I have set a challenging goals, and I knew that in order to achieve the goal I would have to stay focused and work at it. Sometimes I met the goal, other times I did not… so last year I set a what I call a “fake goal” one that was low and I knew I could easily meet it (and I did and then some). But you know what? There was absolutely zero satisfaction in my achievement this year… I cheated myself. Oh, I read and I certainly enjoyed the books I read, but I learned that “faking myself out” has no rewards. So while I am still contemplating my reading goal… it won’t be a cheater goal. I found some interesting books on this list that will help me with the start of the New Year (and they are all about Fresh Starts – and a fresh start is always full of hope!)
And there you have it, the hope I found this week. Welcome 2021, may you be brimming with happiness!
So many bits of hope here, and such a wonderful quote! I especially like your cooperative and caring robins, and their lessons. And that Guardian book list! I thought I knew Agatha Christie, but I haven’t read even one of the Mary Westmacott novels. Thanks for starting my new year off right!
Like Bonny, I had never heard of those Agatha Christie books! Fun! The Guardian never disappoints. Happy New year Kat!
I can tell from the tone of your post that your mood has really lifted, and I am glad that you are feeling more hopeful! Yesterday my daughter and I went out for a walk in the gloom, which was a bit depressing, but as we neared home, we spotted a large quantity of robins in several trees. And that definitely lifted our mood!
I haven’t yet set my reading goal for this year (I will soon), but regardless of the number, when I look back at a year of reading, I always want to feel a sense of accomplishment in the content I read rather than the number. In the past few years, I’ve achieved that as well as hitting the number, so I guess that strategy is working.
Happy new year, my friend! May it bring us all more hope than despair.
Excellent examples of hope, I love that story about the birds swapping roles so that they could all eat berries. My reading goal will be 75 books, the same as it’s been for the last few years. It’s doable but ambitious enough that it keeps me on my toes.
Thanks for the link to Clint Smith! That was definitely worth listening to!
Happy New Year!
I love your bird story – birds are so much fun to watch this time of year! Their winter songs are one of the most hopeful things for me during the difficult days of winter!!
Now you have me thinking about my own Goodreads goal. I set it to 52 because I want to feel encouraged to try fat books or ones that require slow digestion… But I also want to be realistic about my reading pace and have something to work towards. So I will be thinking about this some more!
I agree with the bird songs! That is so true 😀
I set my goal at 125. A challenging goal for me but if I don’t make it, that is alright!
I am so hopeful that 2021 will be a good year! I keep track of my reading too. Funnily I read more so than ever last year!