Another Year On

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
whispering, it will be happier.”

Alfred ,Lord Tennyson. English Poet. 1809-1892

As another year draws to a close, it’s time to think about what went on in the past 363 days.

Of course, uppermost in everybody’s mind is the pandemic. And what a pandemic it turned out to be.  Each time we thought we were getting the better of it, a new strain showed itself, creating panic and distress in its wake.

Here in New Zealand, while we have been very lucky and have not had the numbers of cases of Covid as other countries, we have still been impacted. Plans have been changed, remade, and changed again. Families have been apart for months; weddings have been celebrated with far fewer people than originally expected; new babies have been born and until a few days ago, many had not been seen by doting grandparents and aunts and uncles; funerals and tangis have been conducted, again with a lesser number of attendees. Hospitals have been stretched, as have all health services. These front-line workers are now tired or ill themselves.

And now the newest strain has entered our country.  In spite of all the limitations put in place. it has made its way here.  So now we must expect case numbers to grow as has happened everywhere else in the world.

But amidst all this gloom and despondency, surely there must be some light of hope somewhere.  It might take more effort than usual, to look forward to a Happy New Year. But particularly as 2021 comes to a close, it is important for us all to hope that 2022 will bring an end to the raging pandemic; new ways to deal with this and new ways to ensure it doesn’t continue to spread in the way it is currently.

As each new year dawns, I choose a word for the year.  This year’s word was HOPE. Next year’s word will be OPTIMISM.  I know I am Pollyanna and am positive and optimistic always, but for 2022 I think this is the right word.

Do you have a word for the year?

“Last year’s words belong to last year’s language.
And next year’s words await another voice.”  
T S Eliot. American poet, essayist and playwright

JB December 30, 2021

15 thoughts on “Another Year On”

    1. Hi Colleen. Yes, Pollyanna is alive and well here in New Zealand. Optimism since easily with me and so I am optimistic for the coming year. Happy New Year to you and yours wherever you are in this wonderful but troubled world.


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