No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference.
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
~T.S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
This New Year, like so many that have come before, arrives with the ordinary revelry, yet a lingering odor remains. All is not as it appears and is faintly disturbing. Like a dog joyfully rolling in something stinky simply because it was there and he just happened upon it, 2017 may look squeaky clean but reeks of what has come before. It can’t be ignored and, even brand new, is already badly in need of a bath.
I too tend to prefer things familiar, safe and routine, even if that means I roll about where I shouldn’t, still smelling like yesterday, if not last month. It’s time I stop being indifferent to the passage of time and the change that it brings. There is no turning back or staying stubbornly with how things used to be. Time leads irrevocably forward, with me in tow, and I must follow, acutely aware much more of my life has been lived out than lies ahead of me.
Do I dare disturb my own comfortable universe? Or continue to disturb others with that lingering odor?
Perhaps this new year I will try walking a slower walk, even in the rain or snow, stay clear of the stinky stuff, take time to look at all things with new eyes, breathe each cleansing breath appreciatively, keenly aware it was not my last.
Then others near me might breathe more freely.
photo by Emily Gibson