What are you doing New Year's?
Maybe it's much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought I'd ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year's, New Year's Eve?
So begs the question of the song first sang in 1947, and many times since - what are you doing New Year's, New Year's Eve? Although often featured on holiday albums, the story goes that the composer, Frank Loesser, never wanted it to be a December song. The point was that the singer is madly in love and asking "much to early in the game" for a commitment far in the future.
As we look to a new year, and a future that seems complicated in a never ending pandemic, it makes it hard for us to make commitments too far in advance. We are all too used to having to change our much anticipated plans, along with just our normal day to day activities. Tomorrow is New Year's Eve, and many of us still don't know what that might look like.
And yet, I ask you to consider planning as a sign of hope and persistence. We may have to make changes, our calendars may need to be set in pencil rather than pen - but planning remains a form of wishing, dreaming, and yearning for a future that is not yet here. It is the natural progression of the hope of Advent, and the coming season of Epiphany - what we waited for is coming, and it is worth it.
Remember when you wanted what you now have? In these days, recognize that - and give thanks. Then - have the courage to take out your calendar and put down the next good and joyous thing.
Goodbye 2021 - Hello 2022. I'll see you there. Brandi