Saturday 31 December 2011

Looking forward to 2012

This year has been quite eventful in every sphere of my life, I should say. For the first time in my life, I got chicken-pox; After years of toiling, I submitted my Ph.D thesis and I also willingly gave up my single-hood. Well, the aforementioned were the highlights, if I may say so but there there have been other aspects of the year which gave life a wholesome effect. Blogplicity, an interactive blogging community gave me lovely blogger pals and their blogs, this year.

Looking back, I am older than last year and younger than what I will be next year but that has not hindered any process and progress, of course, I have changed my moisturizers and lotions. I have lost touch with people with whom I used to correspond and interact when 2011 began. I do miss them but then life had other paths which were already carved out, for me and them. They will always be on my mind and I wish them good health, prosperity, wholesome life and above all joy in every sphere of their lives.

Learned to compromise in a big way and also learnt that compromise is the only way in which life can go on without much breakdowns. Well, I don't like that word now. It irks me: COMPROMISE.

Reading the variety of blogs that are littered over blogland, I realise how much topics are out there and how much is left to explore. I must say that 2011 has been a boom time for many blogs. Well, well,  . . .

For the first time, I was stranded in a train while the cyclone Thane passed. When I read of the many deaths and destruction caused by the cyclone in today's paper, I realise the intensity of the situation.

I don't know whether I have become wiser this year but I know for sure that life is full of surprises (perhaps, shocks) and those arrive at a time when one least expects them. And that the phrase, 'I have moved on,' and 'Move on with life' is quite overrated. Even some institutions which have been held dear by many are quite overrated. Well, some people don't realise that truth. Good for them. A little funny for people on the other side, like me, for instance.

The world has lost many artists that have coloured my growing up years. Though their deaths didn't affect me personally, I do miss their presence in this world. That they lived in the same world as me gave me solace. But now they are no more. Maybe good for them to have escaped this life.

Inspite of everything, the new year holds promises and new beginnings and I look forward to it with the same child-like pleasure of my early years. The new year does have something, isn't it. William Arthur Ward is just right when he said:

“Another fresh new year is here .
. .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!” 

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  1. Yes,this has been an eventful year for many of us...I wish you all the happiness in this world Dear Susan...
    May this new year bring many opportunities to your way,
    to explore every joy of life
    & may your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm,turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements.
    Happy New Year to you & your loved ones.

  2. Talk about a topsy-turvy year, both personally and on a global scale. But despite the highs and lows, we're still here to ring another year in our speck of the universe. Glad you survived that cyclone, Mrs Sus. A blessed 2012 to us all.

    Joy always indeed. :)

  3. Susan Deborah! You can not run away just by climbing into another year.

    I shall follow you right on into 2012, and hound your blog posts with comments through another year, wishing you true Happiness, Serenity, Love, PEACE and joy...ALWAYS.

    Happy New year!

  4. You were stranded in a train when a cyclone hit?? Wow...glad you are safe. 2011 seems to have brought along a lot of changes for you. Hope 2012 is a great year and has good things in store...Happy New Year!

  5. I'm glad that I 'found' you this year, Sus. You've really had an eventful year and a scary end to it too...May you continue to inspire us to think afresh in the new year...Be blessed with every good thing! Happy New Year!

  6. Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year 2012 and wishing you the very best.

  7. You're definitely seen a lot of change and excitement this year...especially with getting married! I hope the coming year greets you with joy, many more new beginnings and opportunities, and peace.

  8. While my year has been nowhere near as momentous as yours, dear Susan, it has flown by rather quickly and I shall miss it for it has been the year I finally realised that the path I've chosen to take is the right one for me. :)

    Here's wishing you every joy in the world in the coming year, Happy New Year to you, Susan!

  9. Hi Susan .. you have had a 'filled' year .. lots going on in your life - amazed you can blog too ..

    Have a very happy, cheerful, successful and blessed 2012 year ahead .. lots of wisdom to be learned in the year ahead as we get a year older! Happy days .. cheers Hilary

  10. Well Susan, 2011 must be the year of PhD submissions. Mine went in on 18 October and I've yet to hear back. But I can't say I have shifted from singledom because I've been married a long long time.

    Best wishes for 2012. It sounds to me as though you will have a splendid year.

  11. 2011 : Marriage :)
    2012 : Mother :)

    Best wishes :)

  12. Best wishes for a very happy new year.

  13. You have tasted both sides of life... and now 2012 will bring more of the adventures you are seeking....

    Cheers to you and much love!

  14. it has been a crazy year in more ways than one...we can say we survived and that we have another to look forward to ...celebrate the joys, leave behind the challenges...happy new year!

  15. Dear Susan,

    A Happy and Fruitful 2012 to you and yours! Here's to life always delivering a light by which we can see. Best wishes as you begin a new year!


  16. It was quite a year for you! I find that years that have so much in them (good and bad) are good years. It means we experienced and grew.

    all the best in the New Year.

    As always I look forward to your essays

  17. Happy New Year Susan. May each day be fill with joy and love!

  18. Dear Susan, what a beautiful and reflective post.;)
    I guess 2011 was a very important one for you and I can relate to much of what you write. I am sorry about the cyclone, I can only imagine the destruction as I myself have lived through a devastating hurricane once.
    Your sensitivity to life and the eloquence with which you express it is why I keep returning here and am looking to do so in the year to come.
    Happy New Year dear friend, may 2012 be a prosperous one for you and yours.;)

  19. Desivic, Alpana, Age, Steve, PB, Corinne, Engram, Jess, Karishma, Hilary, Elisabeth, CS, Janu, Sav, Brian, Nevine, Myriam, Yuv and Zuzana, I wish you a very blessed and joyous 2012. It has been a joy to have interacted with you in the past year.

    Glad that we met in this blogosphere :)

  20. wishing you a very happy new year .. and may you get all that you wished for in the 2012


  21. Dear Bikram:

    Thanks a ton and wishing you back the same.

    Joy always :)

  22. Today, I went to the beach front with my children.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched
    her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!



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