That Time of Year


“It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

~ Lao Tzu.

“People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

~ Albert Einstein

Time has always fascinated me. We measure it in astounding lengths. We measure unfathomable vastness in terms of how far light can travel in a year. Or measure computing speed in nanoseconds. Since the dawn of man, we have taken the yearly cycle of our planet around the Sun and divided it into a socially accepted standard of divisions both great and small. And yet, we have all had moments that seemed like eternity. Lapses where our perceived construct falls apart. It is a wonderous thing “time”.

And in this strange arc that keeps everything from happening at once, I have always found New Year’s an amazing moment in time. In the passing of a mere second, we shift our expectations onto a world that has changed in no way except for the last number of the years we have counted. Yet, we always see such hope and restoration at the start of a New Year. Somehow, what happened yesterday is profoundly in the past and tomorrow holds every hope and dream possible. It is like the world is baptized and all the bad of the past years has been washed away. We see a clean slate devoid of any erasures that could muddy the image we hope to draw. And I am hoping beyond hope, that the passing of this year, washes away every regret or fear you may have ever held. And the picture you draw on your clean slate is full of health and happiness for you in every way. You have encouraged me to create, given me a kind ear, emboldened me to write with less fear, shared my triumphs, and ignored my failures. From you, I have received a sense of community, learned a greater empathy, and improved, not only as a writer, but as a person. You are family, friends, followers, and readers alike. On my clean slate, the first thing I draw is all of you. For if you are not a part of 2022, I may lose the only reason to count my years.

With one love to all, my humble thanks and wishes for a great New Year!


26 Responses to “That Time of Year”
  1. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this is lovely. You are right about the way many look at the New Year. I especially pray that many things that have taken lives this year will get better. This was a kind post to your readers, which includes me. So thank you for a year of reading your beautiful poetry and being my friend. I send you a big Happy New Year and my love!! Jonikins

  2. beth says:

    This is wonderful and I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of time as well

  3. Jim Borden says:

    beautiful words, Brad.

    I am glad that we have connected with each other and that you have been willing to share your thoughts and words with us. As I’ve said before, you have given me a whole new appreciation for poetry.

    I look forward to reading more in 2022…

    Happy New Year!

  4. And once again, dear brother, I find myself envious of you for a vision that is so beautiful but in no way concurrent to my thought process. I don’t think I’ve ever felt excited about approaching a brand new year; probably worse this year because we all hoped that 2020 was the year we had to get through in order to get to a newer and brighter year. Somehow, the right people didn’t get the memo on that, so here we are, afraid to hope that 2022 will be brighter and afraid NOT to hope that it will be brighter. I’ll awaken tomorrow and for me, all that really would have changed will be the day of the week it is. Having said all of that, thank you for your eloquent posts this year and especially for sharing personal stories as only a great storyteller could do. I hope to see more of them in 2022! And I hope to see more of you in 2022 as well!

  5. K.L. Hale says:

    What beautiful thoughts and regards, Brad. I have learned the same. Happy New Year–may it bring blessings, peace, good health, and love!

  6. joyroses13 says:

    Wonderful thoughts and I am happy I found your blog this year. Happy New Year Brad!

  7. kristianw84 says:

    This is so beautifully expressed, Brad. It brought a tear to my eye. I am so blessed to have you in my life, and I thank my lucky stars that we connected. ❤❤❤

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    There is something about starting with a clean slate that offers us hope. Let’s make the most of our opportunities to bring a little more cheer to the world and each other.

  9. Brad you have written a most beautiful message, one which I can easily and happily subscribe to. Time may be an enigma or even an illusion but it’s the only thing we have that allows us to unite with each other, share love, seek peace and rejoice in the blessings of God. Happy New Year my friend!

  10. yassy says:

    Lovely post , Brad. Happy new year.

  11. I would not have ignored your failures if I had noticed them. I will try to pay closer attention in 2022.

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