A new year is here, and with it comes immeasurable possibilities. A new year is an opportunity, a fresh start and is exciting to think about. I choose not to be superstitious, or as my blogging friend NanaDiana’s 6 year old granddaughter calls it, stoopidstitious. We would have failed before the year began if we placed our faith in superstitions.
There are ideas that if we wash clothes on New Year’s Day, then someone in your family will pass away. Have you ever been to a funeral or visitation and heard the family trying to find the person who chose to ignore superstition, do their laundry on January 1 and cause the demise of their loved one? What authoritarian figure is keeping track of those that washed clothes on that day? The New Year’s Day Police perhaps? Will they press charges for the offense and is jail time a possibility?
There is also the idea that the things you do on this day, such as housework, must be done every day of the New Year. Superstitions place a burden on the believer and set them up for a year of failure.
This idea is probably true for Atticus. He spent New Year’s Day napping; now he will be forced to endure a daily nap. Atticus will be required to wake from his nap and enjoy a snack and a drink of water. He will sleep late every day and launch an attack on his favorite toy of the moment. Atticus should have a good year thanks to silly superstitions. Is it possible that Atticus believes in superstitions?
There is an idea that I embrace and that is the traditional New Year’s Day meal. The Christmas season is filled with delicious treats, party fare and quick meals. These are all yummy, but the idea of black eyed peas and greens is very appealing. My southern heart is delighted to prepare this traditional meal every year and my husband’s southern taste buds are happy also. We haven’t seen financial gains because of the food. We eat it each year because we enjoy it. It is a tradition.
Our lives will be affected by what we choose to believe. My choice is to keep my faith and expect fantastic and amazing things to happen in 2014. This will be a year of endless possibilities. Good things will happen in spite of the bad. It is my mission to uncover and utilize these possibilities.