Happy New Year

Not just a new year for us, but a brand new decade. How cool is that?

I don’t always appreciate it as I should or use it wisely, but I am so grateful for Time. As long as Time continues to hold on to me, opportunity remains. Every day brings more opportunity to learn from the past, hope for the future, and live joyously in the moment.

May we make the very best of every opportunity that comes our way in 2020.

Here’s one of my absolute favorite poems dealing with Time. Baudelaire’s use of ‘drunk’ is certainly evocative. Imagine being so intoxicated by your dreams as to soar above all doubt in your ability to achieve them. To be so under the influence of love for one another that we fail to focus on our differences or shortcomings.

Be Drunk by Charles Baudelaire - 1821-1867

You have to be always drunk. That's all there is to it—it's the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.

But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.

And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again, drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: "It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish."

Happy New Year to all. May it bring a revival of love and acceptance.


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