Yes, indeed! Another Year Gone By, and the World will hold its breath once more in anticipation of what might be in store for It, and for Us. I wonder! Despite Its Power and Might, though, the World is not able to make any New Year’s Resolutions like many of Us Humans, not that I do that anymore such as I did when I was in my late teens and twenties, as, like many other things, Reality says that no Resolution will work just because we Think it, or Write it down. Nevertheless, I imagine that many people still do, promising themselves, for instance, to: Diet; Start Exercising; Change Job; Learn Spanish; Volunteer Time to Favorite Organization and on and on. However, before we get to the New Year, and believe it or not, I must admit that the past two weeks have ended the year on a Positive Note for me. No Ranting!
Of course, the World Cup in Qatar and the incredible Footwork of all those Athletes was one of the reasons to feel Positive! It ended on a Terrific Note with Lionel Messi of Argentina clinching it so beautifully, and despite his country’s 90% Inflation and a Worthless Peso the people of Argentina, especially Buenos Aires, were crowding the streets for the Victory Parade. I have never seen anything like that in all my years of following the World Cup! And, it wasn’t only in Argentina that celebrations were taking place, they were in other parts of the World also. In Lebanon, a Sad Failed State at this moment, which no Lebanese deserves, the masses, much like the ones in Financially Ailing Argentina needed a reason to be happy, an event that would bring their miserable conditions a moment of Joy, and so they Celebrated Boisterously and Gleefully! Moreover, Morocco’s Game and its Fabulous Players, Saudi Arabia’s Win, Palestinian Flags and Support Everywhere one Looked were nothing less than Extraordinary.
Positive News also came from the UN General Assembly with the Announcement that as of May 15, 2023 Nakba Day will be officially commemorated from here on, not that you would hear of this from any so-called US Journalists and Reporters! However, Finally, and after 75+ tortuous years, an acknowledgement of the Palestinian Catastrophe by the World’s Body! Of course this doesn’t solve the Myriad Problems and Ruthlessness of the Occupation, but it is a Gesture that assuages a bit of the Pain and the Deliberate Disregard of Palestinian Loss for all those years!
Then on C-Span I viewed some of the Panel discussions at J Street’s Conference, and they get more balanced and better every year despite the Fact that Jeremy Ben-Ami has been sort of straddling the fence in his views of Palestinian-Israeli issues since he founded the organization. Nevertheless, the participants at the panel discussions gave me hope that we might be at the cusp of ending this conflict? Perhaps before I Exit this Planet? Fingers Crossed! Also on C-Span the Washington Journal asked listeners how they would grade our Congress which has a dismal 22% Approval Rating. Most callers – Left, Right, or Middle – generally agreed that our Politicians are in it for themselves, their lobbyists and corporations and not for us. This dissatisfaction with leaders is almost Worldwide these days. Something has to Change and Quickly!
I also followed the Final Report of the January 6 Committee and it certainly and surely pointed the finger at Donald Trump as the Architect of that Shameful Event! Respect for all the Representatives!
Also Shameful are some of those Billionaire Figures being whittled and brought down from their Arrogant Existence such as Elon Musk, who seems to be imploding: Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX and his Crypto Currency Ponzi Scheme, Zuckerberg and almost Two Billion in losses due to META and settling of the Cambridge Analytica lawsuit! Well! Well! Moreover, the FBI are rounding up many, many more Law-breakers and Criminals! It’s Positive to note that Justice and the Law apply Equally to ALL Citizens whether they are Rich White Billionaires, Law-breakers, Criminals, or All of Us Others? Finally? I hope so!
Another program that I follow every year is CNN Heroes with Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa hosting this absolutely Inspirational Show that, despite all the darkness going on in many parts of our World, proves to me that there are Good, Kind, Thoughtful and Giving Humans who care for their Communities and our Planet. How Positively Heartening to hear of their marvelous achievements!
And then there is Pat Collins, a fixture of our local NBC News who is Retiring after 50 years covering murders and measuring snowfalls, and who had that special charming way of his for delivering such News. I will miss him! Also retiring is the Terrific Dr. Anthony Fauci, and he will be sorely missed! However, this only proves how the Wheels of Life never stop their turning, and how, at the end of the day, Billionaire or Pauper, Politician or Trash Collector, we will All Exit the Stage and make way for a New Generation to take over and, Hopefully, bring about more Positive Changes that will Enhance our Knowledge and Reason, and take us to a Better Place than the Miserable One such as many in our World are going through at this time.
As for this new ChatBOT that is, apparently, going to take AI to another level, as well as the new Fusion Energy that will release us from dependency on fossil fuels, I am not going to addle my old brain with learning about them. At this age, I don’t need to. I have enough stress managing my new iPhone, which my children gifted me with on Christmas after deciding that Apple will stop updating my old SE version pretty soon and I would become a Security Hazard! They know well how to play on my Paranoia!
Lastly, and as I do every end of year with organizing and neatening up all my stuff and files, checking that I have enough books to read and crossword puzzles to solve, I also wish that I could tidy and neaten up the World as I do my living space! I bet I’ll do a better job than most self-serving politicians!
I wish you a New Year’s Resolution that will keep you Positive, and thank you for continuing to read my posts!
Happy New Year!
2 thoughts on “Another Year Gone By”
Bravo for a wonderful recap and for all the positive vibes!
It’s always a pleasure to read your articles dear friend. I, too, at my age , ask for good health for myself and my children and grandchildren, peace of mind ,success in their endeavors and good luck in whatever they decide to pursue and accomplish . Finally dear Hala , I send you lots of love ❤️ and many hugs and kisses 😘.