It seems that I might be in the process of no longer speaking to someone I have spoken to at least once a day for the last 7 years, and at the same time, a dialogue has been started with someone I used to be speak to everyday for 15 years but haven't uttered a word to in the last 10. I believe the catalyst for these two events is the end of the year.
I'm not comfortable sharing details. I don't think it would matter, anyway. But as I said last week in the first Christmas post, this time of year can mess people up. These turns did not happen in July. With a day left in any year, the time is set up for reflecting and starting anew, and of course, it's the damn reflecting that either gets us in trouble or paves the way for something good. In my case, it is both.
I have no intention of beginning 2016 by quitting smoking. I don't smoke. But you get the idea. I am not making a list of resolutions. Improvements need to be made everywhere. In my diet. In my attitude. In the way I treat people. In the way I react to people. In the way people react to me. No time like the present, or conveniently, the first of the year, to begin working on all of this.
Up top is a video pulled from the recent documentary on the making of Bruce Springsteen's "The River," titled "The Ties That Bind." It is just The Boss and his guitar and a version of "Two Hearts," an upbeat rocker and concert favorite. For 35 years, I've listened and danced and sang along to this song, but only now have I been affected by the sentiment of the song. Acoustic performances will do that. (There's that damn time of year again.)
If you've had a bad year, someone's got your back for 2016. I guarantee it. If you've had a good year, get someone's back in 2016. Don't forget the people who matter. Make the time.
Thank you all for another splendid run on Burning Wood.
If you have a song that is hitting you harder now than it had the first 11 months of the year, share it if you're up for it.
See you next year.
Happy New Year to you.