And so it’s 2014.
The holidays have come and gone and "the rolling year" as Jacob Marley called it in "A Christmas Carol" has swept right by us. Now we begin again.
Christmas at my house was a quite affair with catered food and the lovely company of my sister and auntie.
Unlike Thanksgiving, where I kept a lid on my emotions, Christmas saw me tearing up at every conceivable--and inconceivable--opportunity.
“What’s wrong?” my sister asked during one of my many spectacles.
“I don’t know!” I blubbered.
“It’s Christmas,” my auntie observed.
It’s hard not to get emotional when you remember the people you love who are no longer with you during the holidays.
New Year’s Day has been quiet. I got up late, fired up the DVR, and watched a couple of episodes of “The Twilight Zone” I recorded from the Syfy Channel’s marathon showing of Rod Serling’s classic TV program.
One in particular, entitled “The Four of Us Are Dying,” stuck in my mind.
It tells the story of Arch Hammer, a lowlife with the ability to change his appearance who uses this eerie skill to con, deceive, and cheat his victims. His is all things to a lot of people until he crosses paths with the wrong person and pays a heavy price for his evil ways.
Keeping it Real
Arch operates out of a fleabag ironically called the “Hotel Real,” a stark reminder that the face-shifting fiend is anything but real.
Real is what I want for 2014. Like last year, there will be no specific resolutions in 2014; just a reminder to increase the good stuff that will keep things real and to cut down on
I found a quote from the Gospels that I would like to use as my guide for this year and the years to follow.
Mark 5:36 simply states “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
I spend a lot of my time being fearful and worried, which then often leads to anger, so this line says a lot to me.
Also, “536” was the address of my family’s house in Bay Ridge and the priest at Trinity Church where I attend services is named Mark. Come on, man. This line was meant for me.
“You always looking for signs and omens,” my auntie rightly tells me.
Indeed I am. And speaking of signs, Rob Brezsny’s Freewill Astrology newsletter uses the statue in St. Peter’s Basilica as a metaphor for my new year.
Brezny says that visitors over the centuries have worn down the statue’s foot by kissing and touching it.
“You will have a similar kind of power in 2014, Gemini,” Brezny writes. “Little by little, with your steady affection and relentless devotion, you can transform what’s rigid and hard.”
All right, then, I’m checking into the Hotel Real with a suitcase full of affection and devotion.
Happy New Year.
I’m going to be taking some time off, so everyone please take care and I’ll get back to blogging as soon as I can.