Focus | A year of intrigue ahead
After fifty years in this world, I don’t get overly excited about the end of a year and the beginning of a new one anymore. For me too much of life is about legacy and inertia. The choices we make have lingering consequences, no matter how ‘new’ the year is. Don’t believe? Check out those bills you mounted last year that you are still paying this year and will likely keep paying next year. How about all those pounds you put on this year that will walk with you into the next. The consequences of our choices are stubborn and they can carry over for many new years. This notwithstanding, there is a real sense of new beginnings with each year and it allows us to embrace it with new enthusiasm. I want to note three things that offer the same for me for the upcoming year.
First, experiences. Each year brings a fresh opportunity for having new experiences. If we learn lessons from our past and apply appropriate judgments in the present, those experiences can be grand. For me, the upcoming year is all about the experiences; experiences with my own development, with my relationships, with the economy and with my spirituality. Because experiences can be so vast, varied and valuable, I enter the new year with anticipation.
Second, opportunities. This year was abundant in challenges and I can’t say that I am not happy to say goodbye to most of them. Many of these challenges, however, arose out of the pursuit of opportunities and some of them turned out quite well. I look forward to new opportunities ahead. Keener insight and greater acuity may make me more fit for success in these offerings. Success or not, the existence of opportunities ahead piques my curiosity, arouses my passions and fuels my energy for the year ahead.
Third and finally, hope. I am hopeful. My hope is not resident in any ‘thing’ on this planet. In fact it is resident in ‘no thing’. My hope resides in that intangible, indefinable, inimitable essence of the human spirit powered by divine guidance. Over and over I have seen in my life and that of others how capable we are to overcome challenges and seize opportunities. There is just something about us that inspires the belief that if we would but prepare, press and persevere, we will prevail. This makes the new year conquerable.
Yes there will be those annoying lingering issues of this year taken into the next. However, there are the new experiences, opportunities and hopes of the year ahead. They are ready for every soul that is ready for them. Look back if you wish, but let it be simply to see how far you have travelled and only ever so briefly to remember the lessons. Rather, though, spend your time looking ahead at the targets of your desire. Therein will you make the new year truly new.
Happy New Year to all of you and may good fortune, success and life abundant be yours.
- Zhivargo Laing is a Bahamian economic consultant and former Cabinet minister who represented the Marco City constituency in the House of Assembly.