Relevance of the New Year for me in my twilight years.

Relevance of the New Year For Me In My Twilight Years. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am fond of twilight time of the day. So too, twilight time of my life. New Year, therefore, has a special relevance for me. The magical moments of twilight are all at once exciting and expressive in myriad ways. It is the time of the day when light starts to fade but still you can comfortably go about your business. Twilight years of life being similarly so, the new year ushers a new meaning to life. I get ready to step into the New Year wholly mindful of the present. The past has little relevance now. The future is but a promissory note. I enter the new year mindful of the present and to explore a refreshing part of myself that was so far unexplored. I reckon it will be less outgoing, but free, reflective, prayerful, compassionate and much more. The more I think on these lines, the more exciting the new year becomes. Gone are the hopes and aspirations, wishes and woes, doubts and dreams of yester years. Welcoming the new year has more of a spiritual relevance. Outlook is focused on higher values because worldly distractions are on the decline. Twilight time is limited and therefore more precious. The fleeting nature of life pushes me to create a more meaningful life. Perspective changes. Priorities change. A quick look back makes me chuckle at the very different set of complex priorities I nurtured in my younger days. Now my limited, value-based priorities helping me to welcome the new year with renewed mental energy. I may not have the physical energy to go the extra mile but I can help in other more suitable ways The new year will certainly come with its package of twilight problems. But problems come along with solutions, I know. I can get them and continue on life’s journey sans regrets. Change is the law of the universe. However, the rate of change today is mindboggling. What relevance will it have for me? I’ll accept whatever change is basically needed by me and leave the rest for gen next. Changing myself is in my hands; changing the world is not. “ Let’s go for a spin, amma, to watch the new year eve galata,” said my daughter-in-law and opened the back door of the car for me. I got in and sat with my grandchildren. The car sped off. Colourful lights, noisy revelry, and fireworks in all their glory met my eyes. The kids shrieked in delight. We drove past a church and the choir music came wafting in the breeze. “……..Count your many blessings, name them one by one And it will surprise you what the Lord has done…..” I sat back and smiled. The relevance of the new year was clear. Each night of the coming days will make me count my blessings. I can sleep peacefully and get up in the morning with a serenity that only twilight years can offer. ----------------------------- Submitted by : Indira Ananthakrishnan.

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