Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Advent Thought 17

A far eastern tradition at this time of year is to hold an Old Year's Party rather than a New Year's Eve one. The title of this event, so I am told, translates as 'The end of hope.'

I find it curiously optimistic. We make New Year's resolutions, some of us, but the idea of holding a party to celebrate the reality that your hopes turned into? How cool is that?

Let' s take a few days to rejoice that we need have no further hopes for this year. They have turned into reality.

John Cleese's character in the movie Clockwise, despairing at probably missing a vital appointment but not yet certain of failure said something along the lines of, 'I can live with the disappointment; it's the hope I can't stand.'

What were you hoping for 350 days ago? What happened?

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