New Year’s Day 2019 – A Holiday Reflection

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Today is a day of beginnings.

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct, the Princess Irulan said, in her biography of Muad’Dib

A small miscalculation at the outset, a subtle deviation from the plan will cause you to miss your mark by a wide margin, it may cause you to never reach your end, or to end in a place you never intended to be.

Great care must be taken at the beginning.

Be mindful of your aim.

Today it is a day of resolutions.

Doing is being, is what Ray Bradbury said:

To have done is not enough.
You cannot lie about, and lie about the things you might just do someday.
But do, and win the game.

Great things are accomplished (and by great I mean great on any scale; socially, professionally, personally, spiritually, privately), arrived at, built, discovered, in a series of small, regular and consistent steps.

With the steady application of effort, we can learn to do, and do just about anything.

Resolve to do something; be resolute.

Know this, if life is a river, it is a confluence of contradictions.

The process is just as important as the goal.

The archer is not only concerned with the object of her aim, but with drawing of her bow, with the tension in the string and movement of her goal.

2019, it is an odd number. I mean it is both odd as a numeral, and odd in that it portends to be a year marked by a chaos in the fabric of American life; in our politics, in our markets, in the environment which sustains us all.

We must be prepared.

2019 marks the continuation of a new era in American politics, in the American social order, in the American vision and the American experience, the truth, and the understanding of what truth is will continue to be assaulted, the assault will be constant, and heightened.

We must stand against it.

2019 calls for the expectation of hope to return to our cultural norms, a hope for the future of America’s promise, and the extension of the promise to the whole world.

2019 will be the year for justice with compassion, and for holding our leaders accountable for their crimes.

It is the first day, it is a day for unity and finding common purpose. We will need to stand together, both to support one another in our individual aspirations, and to support the advancement of the common good.

Pop Culture I

Showers of needles
Piercing silken skin, pin holes, rivulets of blood

Ruptured arteries, the pulsating flow, venting
Crimson agony

Mutilated senses
The flood of endorphins, pain, intoxication

Rushing adrenals, the pounding arrhythmia
Of a broken heart

Tear meat from the bone
Rent flesh, a breakfast for crows, carrion devils

With their whips of fire, languishing in the feast, fear
Limp, broken bodies

Children at play, like
Chicks in the yard, they cost, the weak among them

Trampled in the dust, they peck to death the different
Leave them for the worms

A new bath of shame
Our tragedies of romance, exposed, horrified

Petulant artists, relent, lament entropy
Heat death and drowning

The loss of passion
Patterns of nihilism, hemlock and self-doubt