Whether you celebrate just one year or several at a time — happy new year(s).
2008 promises to be an epic journey. Every year has its challenges and possibilities, and this is no different. What I do with ’08 will hopefully be better than what I did with ’07. And ’09, better than ’08, etc.
Do you remember what we were doing 8 years ago? I do. We were freaking out about Y2K, the computer glitch that would cause power grids to shut down and espresso makers to permanently switch to decaf. Of course, it never came to be and we have copious amounts of both readily available. Y2K was a lesson pointing out that even we aren’t sure what exactly will happen when our technology soaked world hits a snag.
5 years ago we were celebrating but also mourning as the images of 9/11 were vividly fresh in our minds.
One year ago I was writing in a new Moleskine journal that I would keep journaling almost every day throughout the year. Like Y2K, I had some near-glitches, but I actually kept up with it, as long as you count drawings of ducks and home-made crossword puzzles journaling. I know I do. Now.
And here we are, blogging away as we recover from an evening of counting down with Dick Clark and the rest of the nation. We’ll write “07” for a few weeks, but that will go away. Banks understand this. And soon what was recent history will be distant history, a foggy version of what really happened as our minds collect more and more memories. Who knows what we’ll look back on when we hit 2009? What will we celebrate? What will we soberly remember? I’m not sure what the year holds for us, but God does. We’re stuck in time, buying discount calendars and watching clocks. But He is above time. He knows 2008 better than we know 2007. He knows what we will face. He is fully aware of what we will experience. He knows already the party that will take place when a good thing happens. And yet He lets us live through it, slogging along. Every second of every minute; every minute of every hour, 24/7*. Anticipating… something.
I can’t wait to see what happens next.