Take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne

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I love Christmas.

I love the decorations, the cookies, the hot chocolate, the songs, the parties, and the presents - I love it all. With that said, here’s a big air high-five out there to everyone because we survived the holiday season! Inasmuch as I don’t want to be a Mrs. Scrooge over here, this Christmas plum wore me out. The traffic was heavier, people seemed a smidge more short-fused, our Santa didn’t even crack a smile and the flu began to run rampant. I’m just saying, it got intense, y'all.

Now that we are soundly in 2018, I am excited to move past the holiday hustle and bustle and get right down to a fresh start, new opportunities and a clean slate. But each time a new year rolls around, I find myself drifting off. I’m a sucker for the chance to reflect on my life’s existence so New Year’s is my personal haven for little moments of remembrance. Inevitably I find myself thinking back on the last year and wondering “how did it go?” At times that question is easier to answer than others, and this is one of those “off” years.

For most of 2017, it felt like I was in a holding pattern.

I remember how last January I had great big goals, hopes and dreams, but as the year ran its course, things didn’t work out quite the way I thought they would. I don’t mind admitting I took business risks that didn’t pay off, and opportunities I thought were a sure thing ended up just not being for me. Also, now that I think about it, I may have even gained five pounds, as opposed to losing the 30 I had resolved to … talk about undesirable results!

But it wasn’t all bad – not by a long shot.

Some business opportunities fell flat, but others worked out beyond my wildest expectations, like writing! Writing a weekly column for a lovely local newspaper (that’s you, Sealy News!) is one of the biggest highlights of my career, and this time last year I never would have dared to dream it.

Sometimes life has a way of working itself out despite your best efforts to get in the way, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the serendipitous curveball that was 2017.

Like many, I love the timeless tradition of singing “Auld Lang Syne” (aka “Times Gone By”) after the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. The lyrics started out as a poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 (talk about staying power), and there’s something about singing it that helps give me the peace I need to let go of the old and let in the new. I hope you enjoy the first few lines as much as I do and cheers to the New Year, friends!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne.

We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

Jordan Schupbach is a mother of three living in the Houston area. She blogs at www.lattesandliving.com - sharing the good, the bad and the frenzied.

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