CORNER WINDOW by Jeff Hartzer
#013 January, 2008
A GREAT ‘08!
From our corner window this month, we can look both forward and back. 2007 is a year that many will not miss. Record-setting wildfires, tornados, droughts, floods ... The “Year of the Pig” was a tough year for most, with many accrued losses racked up, leaving us all a bit battered, but, hopefully, the wiser. Our final year with George W. Bush as President holds true potential for being a GREAT ‘08.
February brings us the Chinese New Year of 4706, the Year of the Rat, which begins on February 7, 2008 and ends on January 25, 2009. The Rat is first in the cycle of 12 animal signs and many predict that it will prove to be an exciting year full of new beginnings. Some say it will be a “happier” year than most. The last two years have been “fire element” years, but 2008 being an “earth element” year, life may seem calmer. One can only hope so.
The dust has settled on our major South Valley road improvements. Life can move ahead now, with traffic at least, flowing more smoothly. As real estate issues seem to fall apart nationwide, things continue to hop like rabbits in the Valley. Both commercial and private construction continues unabated. Hopefully, our turning to the new can be balanced with not forgetting traditional ways of the past. We don’t want to lose our winter migratory birds or our beautiful open fields, acequias, and happy rural life.
The long dark nights of winter provide us with an even better view of the brilliant stars overhead. This is a “goes within” time, especially good for learning and venturing “inside” on every level. Take a moment to look back, even as you contemplate your hopes and dreams for the future. Appreciate what you harvested this past fall and enjoy the comforts and warmth of your cosy home (if you can stll afford to blast the heater). Enjoy the last of the football season and shoot toward the net with your basketballs. Each passing day brings a moment more of daylight, as we turn slowly toward spring - not so far away now.
The New Year is celebrated worldwide. Other names for celebrations of the New Year are: Shougatsu (Japanese), Hogmanay (Scottish), Nouruz (Iranian), Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodian), Tet Nguryen Dan (Vietnamese), Festival of Saint Basil (Greek), Muharram (Muslim), Sylvesterabend (Austrian), Año Nuevo (Spanish/Latin American), Nos Galan (Welsh), and Diwali (in India). However you cut it or measure it, January brings us a time to make fresh starts as well as a time to honor all the things we accomplished or let go of during 2007. Be kind to yourself. Give credit where credit is due - with You! As Bob Dylan once wrote: ”I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now.” With each New Year, may we continue to enjoy our good fortune as we swing into the future. Have a GREAT ‘08.
Jeff Hartzer © 2008