So we come to the end of one year and the start of a new one. I’ve noticed the older I get, the more the years seem to run together. It’s getting tougher to tell one year from another.
I’ve come to the realization that New Year’s Day is simply a divider on a calendar. Each year rolls into the next. You may go to bed after your New Year’s Eve revelries and wake up the next morning only to find that nothing has really changed.
It’s only over time that you can really see the changes. I look back at some of the things I did when I was younger, or the news stories from those days. It’s only then that it becomes clear just how much has changed.
To think I would be nostalgic for a time when there were only three major television networks!
In spite of that, I’ve concluded there has never been a better time to be alive than now. We can do things now that would’ve been considered impossible just 40 years ago. Science and technology may make things frustrating at times, but they really have improved the lives of everyone in the world.
The last year, 2019, was an interesting one, just like all years are interesting. We have some unfinished business with the proposed smelter and the matters between Brooke Water and EPCOR. On the national scene, there’s the whole matter of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Hopefully, those issues will be resolved early in 2020.
What’s in store for 2020? I used to enjoy making predictions about new years, but I soon realized they were mostly wishful thinking on my part. So, I stopped making predictions. Hey, at least that way I won’t be disappointed.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t some things I’d like to see happen in 2020. If the Cardinals won the Super Bowl and the D-Backs won the World Series, no one would be happier than me. I’d be thrilled if the Parker Broncs took the state titles in football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, softball, golf, cross country and track and field (did I miss anything?).
I’m not looking forward to this year’s election. I still say that, if what we’re seeing in the best our two parties can do, then we need new parties. Donald Trump and Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren? Seriously? That’s like deciding between the Joker and Lex Luthor. I’d like to see “none of the above” become an option on the ballot.
There is something I’d like to do this year. I’d like to turn a bunch of half-crazed Mississippi squirrels lose on Washington, D.C., particularly on the White House, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol. If you ever heard Ray Stevens’ song “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival,” you’d know why I want to do that.
There are two things I can be sure of with every new year: I’ll have to pay my taxes, and politicians will continue to make complete and total fools of themselves.
It helps to face life with a sense of humor. I like to keep in mind these things: the sun will come up in the morning and go down in the evening, and cats will always purr when you pet them.
I found it also helps to remember that, no matter how much we human beings screw things up, the One who made it all is still in charge. Given all He’s done for you and for me, I know He’s watching over us and cares for us.
Happy New Year, everyone!