Sixth Day of Christmas

Six Geese a Laying: Fresh Starts and Winding Down

In this series of items the Twelve Days of Christmas traditional song is used to find inspiration for some Christmas Musings.

Geese a Laying: Looking Forward
photo credit: Eric Bégin

A bird laying eggs makes me think of two things; Breakfast and Chicks but here I want to talk about endings and hope rather than scrambled Goose egg.  At Christmas everything around us winds down.  The days are shorter and work slows down for many.  The colder weather keeps us indoors for warmth and we begin to look back over the previous year.  Hopefully, you had a good year with lots of pleasant things to remember although for some it may have been another Annus Horibilus as Queen Elizabeth described in 1992:

1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an ‘Annus Horribilis’. I suspect that I am not alone in thinking it so. Indeed, I suspect that there are very few people or institutions unaffected by these last months of worldwide turmoil and uncertainty.

That’s Life

Most people experience good years and bad, pleasure and pain; things that bring great satisfaction as well as disappointment. That’s life. The final days of the year give time to reflect and ponder as well as to plan and prepare for the New Year just around the corner. It’s a time to take stock and get ready; waiting for the next twelve months to bring fresh opportunity and challenges.

So the Six Geese a Laying might represent good things ahead. The eggs being capable of either regenerating and extending the flock or providing food. The challenge some people may face is how to, “Stay on top,” when life gets tougher than they might find comfortable. How do you stay optimistic in the face of life’s difficulties?

Get Ready For the New Year

Preparedness is a great thing. One way to get ready for the future is to think about the past. What worked? What went wrong or could have gone better? It’s one thing to look back at past problems and mistakes but what we need to do is make use of the tough experiences to get ready for what is ahead. Talking with someone else is very likely to help you make sense of things and might help keep any thoughts about failing in perspective. If you have a partner or good friend they might welcome the chance to weigh up their triumphs and tribulations with you.

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This was written by Michele and you can contact her here.