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Happy New Year 2020 · 1 January 2020



Happy New Year! It is 2020!


Apparently, the year end brought with it the end of a decade. But it also brings with it something unique. A new way to think about new years.


The year 2020 brings with it a lot of thoughts about seeing. After all 20/20 is perfect eyesight. And so the new year surely brings with it thoughts about seeing clearly. Or perhaps that is just me.


They say that hindsight is 20/20 so we ought to be able to look back on the past year (and even more years past) and say that we have learned something. We ought to be able to say that we are more experienced at parenting or that our relationships have grown deeper or that we are at least smarter in some way, shape, or form. At least those are the things that I hope I can say about myself. At the very least, that the important relationships I do have have grown deeper. But alas. I know that in general, we do not learn from history and so as a whole, we are destined to repeat it. Old mistakes will again be made. So much for hindsight being 20/20.


Perhaps looking to the future will be brighter. As we think about vision, we know that the future is not set (or seen) yet. It is history unfolding. It is bright and clear. We can see this is so when we look with that 20/20 vision. Or with that 2020 vision. We know that we get to make our future here and now. The blank canvas is there for us to paint a beautiful picture. We get to start the new year with a blank slate. At least it seems that way. And in reality it can be that way if we do not let the baggage from yesterday keep us from looking ahead with optimism and hope.


Still, I think that the best way to use our 2020 vision is to look to today. Each day is its own day of possibilities. And we need to remember that we can only live in the present. To live in the past or the future is to throw away the gift of today. And indeed today is a gift. A precious gift from God. We dare not throw it away. Yes, we need to learn from the past. Yes, we need to plan for the future. But if we have learned anything, we should remember the lesson that we only get to live in the present. And like I already said, each day is indeed a present.


I hope that I can live each moment to its fullest. I hope that I can see with 20/20 vision in this year 2020. I hope I can learn from the past, plan for the future, and still live each present day to its fullest. I hope you can too.


Happy New Year! May 2020 be the best year ever. (So far.)

© 2020 Michael T. Miyoshi

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