Full moon over the Saint John River, Dec. 2009
taken from my driveway.
An ancient folklorist once said that a blue moon has a face on it that will speak to anyone whose light it shines on. Tonight, under the second moon of the month, on the last night of the year we have an opportunity to converse with the moon. Howl at it too if we want to. Or maybe just lift our glass of cheer and toast its constant presence. For no matter how sunny, cloudy, or thunderous the world around us becomes, we can rely that silly moon to be right up there in the sky.
So much of life is temporal..........a collection of fleeting moments strung together haphazardly. How we respond to the events is basically the only thing we have any control over. Personally, I abhor New Year's Eve and the celebration that happens at midnight. I wish I had the capacity to program my brain to the light and fluffy dryer cycle in order to sail through the night in some sleepy bliss. Wine helps. But, you have to find that happy balance thing with wine. Too little and it doesn't work. Too much and you become a soppy mess of snot........ desperate to grab hold of the karoke microphone. Ick. Light and fluffy would be nice............ there are drugs for this state too I realize. I just wish sometimes I could naturally fall into that blondish mindframe.
Unfortunately on nights like New Years, my brain is my enemy. I get stuck in a groove of reflections and the fear of how quickly time is passing. EVERY single YEAR! Even though I will thankfully be surrounded by friends who know this about me.......... it is still so difficult to put this one stupid night into perspective. I like it over. Tomorrow will be afresh.
However, tonight............. I have a blue moon to converse with. You do too. Let its light shine down on me. Let its light shine down on you. I don't know about you, but I've got a helluvalot to say to it concerning this past decade.
Happy New Year. May we all take a good step forward into the mystery tonight. Change is in the air. Bring.it.on!