Happy New Year,
I was looking at some top ten lists for this last year and noticed some of the music lists, where I didn’t know any of the songs or the artists. After a little looking I found some other top ten music lists that I did know a few of them, but I guess I’m getting older. I remember when my parents wouldn’t have heard of any of the popular music, or even some of my older siblings who hadn’t even heard of some of the most popular artists, and now that is me.
But I also look back at this time of year and recognize the things I remember from years past, the things I remember from 20, 30, or 40 years ago that those who might know all the top ten music for this year are not aware of and haven’t experienced. And also at times those older than me exposed me to music from 50, 60, or more years ago that I wasn’t aware of but now appreciate and enjoy.
In all parts of our life we can look at things and regret what we don’t have or know, or dismiss what others know or think and only consider from our own point of view. Or we can be open to learning from others, to be grateful for what we have and sharing that knowledge and experience with others and open to their sharing with us. Looking at this in regards to the music I have to admit I listened to some of the music that was in the top 10, a few I like, a few were OK to interesting, and some I was quite happy to have not been familiar with. But I know from 30 years ago some of what I thought was great is still there, and others really weren’t, you could say they didn’t stand up to the test of time (to be kind).
Hopefully as we enter a new year this reminiscence of the last year and of all our years helps us to see the many gifts that God has given us and appreciate them. Recognize some of the gifts others have that we do not, and be glad for them and appreciate them. Realize that some of these gifts can and should be shared, and others may have just been for a certain time and place. And also be able to admit that only with time have we been able to really recognize some of the gifts, and recognize that some that we treasured were not the gifts we thought they were.
As you start a new year may you take the time for some reflection to appreciate and learn from your past and consider that God gives us freedom and realize that what we have done matters. But also to realize that whatever our past, we have the freedom and responsibility to let that past help us, inform us, guide us, in what we do today and in the year to come. May we be open to all of God’s blessings in the New Year.