‬‬“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”
‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭AMP

No matter what happened,
good and bad,
all mixed up like stone soup
The peaceful vistas,
The piles of manure
Boredom followed by tedium
Tedium swept away by torrents of mayhem
Or accomplishments or milestones
Weddings and funerals
Or as the Bible proclaims
Blessings and Curses
Individually and universally

No matter what happened
Last year passed
Day after day leaving
Lingering memories,
A sour taste in the mouth,
Tears that continue to be shed,
Saved in a bottle by God till the day
When every trace he wipes away
Laughter mixed with uncontrollable giggles,
Quiet peaceful moments
Gut wrenching panic
Gone with the drop of a ball
Individually, universally for us all.

No matter what happened
Last year or years past
Time keeps moving,
This day will not last
So we are older
Wiser? Or not
Will this year be the same?
Yes and No
There will be I suspect good things and bad
This world filled with turmoil
And in the USA an election
Not to mention, an extra day
Before the ball drops again
Hopefully, not on your foot or mine.

What choice I make as this year unfolds
What I read
What I write
How I love
What breaks my heart, tears it apart
How I live out what I profess to believe.
The actions I choose, the new friends I make
The old friendships I renew.
The attitude I choose when I step in manure
Or when Life brings me moments of joyful glee
No matter what happens
This year
How we live it will define you and me.