Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

"Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year…it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols." ~Thomas Mann

The words of Mann are true, but…when I read his passage, I wonder about the spirit in which he wrote it.

Is it merely a statement of fact, or is he also mocking human behavior and its attempt to harness time…to take time, and somehow, define it?

I think the latter. Mann, in all of his stoic, efficient, German manner, is correct about the ambiguity and elusiveness of time.

However, “we mortals” have good reason, or at least a reason to mark the New Year with bells and an alcohol induced blaring of trumpets.

New Year’s Day is a time when many people gather to watch football, feast on pork and sauerkraut, and publicly (and foolishly) announce their resolutions for the coming year.

Some people view the day as just another day off from work.

Those same people oft times say that anytime of year is a good time to take stock and better yourself without the confines of a once a year resolution.

I myself, enjoy the festivities surrounding the New Year, but also understand the reasoning of those who eschew the tradition of making once a year promises.

My reason to celebrate, or at least observe the New Year, lies somewhere in between the aforementioned reasons...and it relates to the statement made by Thomas Mann.

I think that between 8 P.M. New Year’s Eve while partying, and 9 A.M. New Year’s Day when one wakes up (or is finally going to bed), time does, in a way, stand still.

As Mann said, “Time has no divisions…”, and during those precious few hours, we are like a broken clock. We are both A.M. and P.M., past and present; preface and postscript.

We can visualize everything we have ever been and ever done, in the often stark, monochromatic brutality of black and white.

We can also see everything that we want to be and want to do, in color…bright colors, colors that sometimes elude our sight because we do not take the time to notice them the other 364 days of the year.

The transition between the old and the new, is but a razor thin balance between Rationalism and Empiricism, between regret and hope…between charcoal drawings and watercolors.

I hope that we can all cut through the drab, dreary, and sometimes painful black and white screen of this world and of our personal prologues, and see the colors that we oft times miss.

My wish for you this New Year is that you use your past experiences as a pencil sketch, and spend 2013 turning that sketch into a painting of bright and wonderful watercolors.

Happy New Year!!

Cheers!!

Matt-Man

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it!!! Very nice!!! Happy New Year, my friend!!  Missy

I'm With Stupid said...

Miss: Thanks and Happy New Year to you too. You are one of the sweetest of the sweet. I love you my friend. Cheers Miss!!

Matt-Man

Mike said...

Happy New Year!

I'm With Stupid said...

Mike: And to you and your lovely wife as well. Cheers Mike!!

Matt-Man

Jo said...

Right now I'm seeing a color I call It Was on Fire and Then It Died. I love colors, yay!

Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is full of goodness for you.

I'm With Stupid said...

Happy 2013!!!

Jay

I'm With Stupid said...

Jo: Right back atcha Hot Stuff. Cheers Jo!!

Matt-Man

I'm With Stupid said...

Jay: I know that one of your resolutions is one that I have as well. No Brussel Sprout Pizzas. Cheers Jay!!

Matt-Man

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