Trip A Little Light Fantastic

New Year, new goals, new way of looking at life, yes? For many of us that is how January starts. And why should 2019 start any differently? I am certain I am not the only one among us who set forth some resolutions, well thought out ones that I will do my best to keep throughout this year. And I sincerely hope that each of you will do your best to hold fast to your own resolutions whatever they may be- for those promises we make to ourselves in the early light of January mornings are like the fresh pages of a brand new journal, or the blank white canvas of a painter, or newly fallen snow- untouched, unmarred, and as of yet, unbroken. They are our covenant with ourselves, our bargain within our own hearts and souls to be the best people we can be and even though it is hard to keep those many resolutions for 365 long days and nights, if we can each only manage to maintain one for 2019, think of how much good it will do us and how much it will better our lives and the lives of those around us.

And yet, we’ve been down this path before you and I, those of us old enough to have more than a few NY Eves’ under our belts. And we know well that resolutions made are not always resolutions kept. So, what can we do differently this year…in order to ensure that we do not fall prey to our own vices, fall victim to our own worst faults, that we do not stray from our good intentions? Well…I have a thought, a “spark” of inspiration if you will – a light to lead us through the next 365 days and keep us on the path of the promises we have made for the new year. And all we need— is a leerie!

What’s a leerie you ask? Well then, my friend, you’ve not seen the new Mary Poppins Returns! For if you have, you know well that a leerie is a lamplighter and they “trip the lights and lead the way!” What an utterly charming and delightful image, is it not? A person to be your light, the one you can call on, as the song goes:

When you’re alone in your room…

When life is getting dreary…

When you’re stuck in the mist…

When you’re lost in the crowd…

When the fog comes rolling in…

When you’re lost in a park…

You can just embrace the dark, OR

You can trip a little light fantastic with me!

And I am 100% certain we all have that person who can be our light; we all have more than one person who serves in that capacity at one time or another, just as we bring the light into someone else’s days here and there. Find your lamplighters- let them blaze forth your path in 2019- do not head out into this new year feeling alone. Reach out along the way, every single day of the 360 odd days left in this year; take help when you need it, offer help when you can. And of course, as often as you are able, trip the light fantastic. After all, why walk when you can dance! Have a wonderful 2019! May it be your best year yet!

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