Ah! December! The very word ‘December’ spells so many different emotions to us.
D for Delight,
E for Enlightenment,
C for Castles of new dreams,
E for Eagerness for the future,
M for Memories galore,
B for Boosting spirits,
E for Enchantment and
R for Rising joy.
What does the month of December remind You of? Surely, it must make you feel differently from all the other months! I know that there are many amongst us who will be eagerly waiting for the December celebrations heralding the New Year. Still others will breathe a sigh of relief that another year has finally come to an end, giving them an opportunity to start afresh. To all, the month of December is ‘an all-emotion’ month; joy for some, respite for others. Don’t you agree?
When the original Roman calendar was introduced, it had March as the first month and December as the last or tenth month of the year. December, I am told, derives its name from the Latin word ‘decem’ which means ‘ten.’ It was much later that two more months, January and February were added. Just imagine celebrating New Year’s Eve in February! It was in the 2nd century BC that Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome altered the order of the months.
Generally, the month of December feels like a fistful of sand. You are glad that the year is coming to an end, that you are getting another chance to begin anew but there is also disappointment that a year has whizzed past leaving you with many unachieved goals and unfulfilled dreams. There is also hope that the New Year will be less violent and less depressing globally but, there is also a tinge of sadness at the same time for the fact you lost out on precious time. There is joy for some of the wonderful U-turns that your life has taken but there is also distress about the relationships you could have worked upon but did not bother to make an effort.
“Time is always there,” you thought.
“Let the other person take the first step,” you thought again.
Now, at the fag end of the year, time has passed and your heart feels empty in certain places!
But, like the tides that come and go, moments go away however, time does not cease to function. Nature grants us this unique facility of making amends (to a certain extent at least) by working hard in spite of frittering away valuable moments. We humans are less forgiving. How many times have we been hurt but have not been willing to forgive and forget? Unlike human beings, nature keeps giving the erring party occasions to make up. WE are the ones who fail to see hope amidst despair.
Personally, I face the last month of the year with a ‘feet-on-the-table’ kind of attitude, solely for the reason that I feel time has bombarded me enough with the eleven months that have passed me by. Energy, sweat, blood and toil – everything of mine has been absorbed in the year that is shortly going to become history! I frankly deserve a break now! Like the snake casting away its old skin I need to don on a new cap of dreams and thoughts for the forthcoming year. But as we all know, no new venture begins successfully without effort. So, December, apart from making me carelessly idle also goads me to tidy up scattered thoughts. It prompts me to whitewash stained plans, putting back onto track disorganized projects, and look back to reflect upon my balance sheet of the year’s achievements and failures.
A time to sort out old skeletons in the cupboards of our minds, the month of December helps us realize the importance or emptiness of so many of our goals in life. It assists us in understanding why we need to give more and keep back less. It aids us in comprehending the meaning of change – a fact that governs our lives. December gives us the opportunity to set right what went wrong. Reinforcing our belief in a happy future, December sways us in its swing of optimism. The wonderful month of December helps us to believe, to love, and to understand. It is up to us to keep up to its expectations and do our bit to make the world (our home) a joyous place. Three cheers to the month of December!
What do you say dear friends?