[All photos by Ian Eberly]
Happy New Year! Time to reflect, resolve, reassess, and reorganize. Also, maybe take a nap.
Today started like any other for our dog, Apollo. He got up, greeted the day as if it were the only thing he ever wanted and seized it like a giant porterhouse steak, dripping with juice and piled with the trimmings. He does this every morning, running out ahead of me straight to the door, spinning in circles while I unlock it so he can sprint out the door, sniff around, find the perfect pee spot, make sure everything is as he left it the night before and no one new has moved into his territory while he was sleeping. When he’s satisfied, he runs back to the door and waits, wagging his tail whenever we make eye contact. Sometimes I’m in the middle of feeding the cats so I don’t let him in right away, but that’s okay with him. He’d wait all day if he had to.
Once in, he paces until breakfast is served. For the next 16 hours he follows me, or my son, or my husband around — not so much the girls for some reason, probably because they don’t give him treats — waiting to see if we’re walking or going for a car ride or just relaxing on the couch. He’s only allowed on the couch if there’s a blanket for him to sit on and he waits patiently while I arrange it just so. Every last thing he does, even sleeping — letting out a sigh of contentment that is unparalleled — he does with a joie de vivre that I have never noted in another animal or human. What a fabulous way to live.
Can I learn to approach life with the same attitude as my dog? By tapping into the energy of 2020, I think I can. I like the symmetry of this year’s numbers — 2020, so round and full and whole — so I’m making symmetry my word for the year.
From the online dictionary:
1 the garden is neat, laid out with perfect symmetry: regularity, evenness, uniformity, equilibrium, consistency, congruity, conformity, agreement, correspondence, orderliness, equality. ANTONYMS asymmetry, irregularity
2 the remarkable symmetry of the poem: balance, proportions, regularity, evenness of form, harmony, harmoniousness, consonance, concord, coordination. ANTONYMS asymmetry
Equilibrium, harmony, consonance, coordination, aren’t they all lovely words with even lovelier meanings? Let’s find our way back to symmetry this year, both individually and as a planet. We do not thrive solely as individuals but as the sum of all of our parts so let’s treat the world the way we want to be treated. This is a tenant of every major religion — that we take care of each other — and since I’m an environmentalist, let’s add the planet in there, too.
I’m aiming to tackle 2020 the way my dog would, with joy, love, conviviality, happiness at every turn, appreciation for everyone and everything, and satisfaction with even the most mundane things because life is short, I only get a few minutes of it (relative to the age of the universe), and I want to make the most of my minutes. Plus, Apollo pivots better than any human I know and that’s an extremely helpful skill to have.
Want to join me? Let’s start this decade off right and throw a little orderliness, equality, and concord into the mix. Pair it with a neutral reaction by pivoting when things don’t go according to the plan and see how your life improves. I bet the universe conspires to shower you with blessings as a result of your efforts.
Good luck out there. Happy New Year 2020!
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