Happenstance New Year

26 Dec

2012

Is this the last year of the Mayan calendar? I am convinced this is the year we will
be faced with the reality we are not unique in this universe. We will discover an
earth-like planet outside our galaxy and know if not life forms with the ability
to communicate, there will be something living outside of the world we know it.

I believe in the existence of something from nothing. That from a speck came
a vast universe that expands and contracts like deep breaths from our lungs.
This does not mean I believe we are an aberration of genetic mutation and biological
randomness. We exist because we do. There is something grander, far more reaching,
outside ourselves.

This does not mean I believe in a benevolent god who answers prayers and manipulates
the trajectories of our delicate lives. We are the captains of our fate, and it is
happenstance that leads us on a path. Some may find great comfort in the belief of
going to the bosom of a grand parent who will provide the comfort we never found
in our daily lives. Instead, I find comfort in the belief that I am a mere speck
of life in a universe made of dark matter and gases.

This is the year we will discover the Higgs Boson and the beginning of life will
be scientifically explained. We will discover we are made of atoms, of star dust,
of the infancy of the world, and there will be peace in that discovery.

There will be no rapture and those wishing for violence to escalate because it is
proof of the tribulation, will pay the ultimate price. To pray for an increase
of death and destruction because you believe this will hasten the appearance of
your messiah is unforgivable. If there is a rapture and I’m left behind, I am fully
prepared to eat crow. Until then, I shall operate on the fervent belief that peace
is possible, that tolerance is inevitable and that justice is eternal.

Love more this year. In the genius words of the Beatles, “All you need is love.” I embrace it.  

Surround yourself with it. Love those you don’t believe deserve it. Allow those to love

you in return. Open yourself and your heart to someone and find that it is the most
rewarding experience. Love your children not because you are their parent, but
because they are members of the human race. Understand and cherish them because
you have raised them.

Love the rain. Love the snow. Love the sun shining on your face. Love the song
playing on the radio. Love the color of the sky in the winter. It is okay
to dislike a flat tire or a person you find rude. But find more in life to love
than not. Tragedy will touch you, but find comfort in the things that are bigger
than your sadness.

Loving more does not dilute the emotion of love. Instead it allows you to experience
it in all its beauty and splendor. Refuse to be sad if you lose it from someone.
It will find you again. If you are open to it.

This next year will be a year of change. I look forward to it. I am not afraid of it.
I expect great things to happen in my life and the lives that surround me. And it
will happen, because I will make it so.

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4 Responses to “Happenstance New Year”

  1. nancy merrriman December 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    you have really grown this year. Happy Holidays to you and your daughter

    • Cold Dead Heart December 31, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Thank you Nancy! Happy holidays to you also. On to the next year!

  2. The Hook January 16, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Sounds like it’s going to be a big year!

    • Cold Dead Heart January 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

      I’m counting on it being a big year. Something’s in the air!

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