Saturday, 31 December 2011

Forwards, backwards

It's New Year's Eve again.

On the one hand, it's a milestone.  We did it.  We made it through another year.  Maybe it was a good year for you, or perhaps it was a year of struggle and difficulty.  Maybe you're hoping next year will be better, for whatever reason.  But on this night we lay down a marker and say that as we begin our new orbit around the sun a line can be drawn under the old things, and the new will begin today.  Some people will choose tonight to discard old habits and memories that they feel have been holding them back, others will take the chance to recall and appreciate the good things that this past year has brought into their lives.  New Years Day is special...

...but on the other hand...

I've been thinking a lot lately about the seasons and cycles of the world.  The way things roll on, how bright summer sinks into majestic autumn, and cold winter lifts into the joyful spring.  How living things are born, grow and flourish, then wither and fade away, and their children are born from their bones.  And beyond that, how the most minuscule of particles orbit their atoms, our Earth circles her Sun, innumerable stars move about each other, the universe rolls and turns in endless falling spirals, everything intertwined with everything else, and all held together in it's ever-shifting balance.  Within all that, when the sun comes up tomorrow, however we choose to mark this particular sunrise, it will just be another day.

A day, just like every other day we have.

But then if this is the case, if I remember what I'm part of, then it won't make a difference to how I feel about New Years Day.  Every turn of the world is the step of a cosmic dance.

Every day is remarkable.

Happy New Year.

Computerisation of the pattern of visible matter in the universe

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