It’s a new year. Bright, shiny and new.
I love the idea that at the stroke of midnight, every December 31st, some mythical slate is wiped clean and we get to start all over again. Despite my cynicism and skepticism, I’m still optimistic enough to want to believe that it’s true – and therefore it is. So, with a sigh of relief, we wave goodbye and good riddance to 2009, and look towards 2010 with bated breath, while we take a moment to revel in New Year’s Limbo.
Today, we can ask with total abandon, “2010, what do you hold in store for us? What opportunities, what set-backs, what joys and what sorrows?” That’s the magic of New Year, everything is exciting – even future sorrows – because they’re future. They are to come. The past is behind us, the future has not arrived, and we are standing in this moment in time truly experiencing the now.
I think if I practiced a ritual as pointless as making New Year’s Resolutions, this year mine would be to maintain this New Year’s Limbo every single day. Or to quote a wiser man than myself, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (Phil 3:13)”. Then, while standing in this place of limbo – this in-between place – taking the opportunity to truly “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14)”.
So today, it’s all about Limbo. How low can you go?