New Year’s Day
The optimists cheer:
“Eat black eyed peas! They will bring you luck.”
The pessimists chastise:
“There is no magic today! It’s the same as yesterday.”
The pessimists are right.
Turning the calendar
doesn’t undo the past
and erase our mistakes
or relieve us of our responsibilities -
yesterday’s debts are still unpaid
yesterday’s problems are still unsolved
yesterday’s failings are still unconquered
The pessimists are wrong.
Often the difference
between feeling trapped
and feeling free
is having an excuse to believe -
that change can be made
that solutions can be found
that forgiveness can be earned
There is power in that.
Snatch it up
and wring the magic from it until
good luck spills out
like foam from a champagne glass.
the photo in this post was taken by Jan Chavis; you can find more of her work here or here