Preparing for a new year

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/30/2019 12:03:56 PM IST

 As the year 2019 draws to a close at the stroke of midnight of December 31, the world will be welcoming the new year 2020 with hopes and expectations. Many people live on hope while some live without it. As people step into the new year 2020, there are hopes that it will be better than 2019. There is little to match the celebration and revelry of New Year with the mood being infectious. Celebrations are momentary but cannot hide the painful reality that poverty and not prosperity has become abundant. As the world steps into the New Year 2020, the hopes of a peaceful and prosperous year ahead is in everyone’s mind. We tend to look ahead with the usual feeling that things would get better in the new year. There is a psychological build up to bid goodbye to the old year and to welcome the New Year. However, there are also those who doubt that 2020 will be any better than 2019. In Nagaland, politics always dominate the landscape. This is particularly true with regard to the Naga political issue which somehow, continues to elude consensus among the political groups. Be that as it may, the people hope that the main desire for lasting solution will help create a conducive atmosphere for resolving contentious issue. This probably stems from the belief that there will always be some issue or issues that will come up. This is particularly true in the context of Naga political issue which becomes more complex the longer it remains unresolved. Thus the hope is that the larger picture of lasting honourable peace will create a new and progressive path. The other is doubt within some sections that an agreement would result in peace unless all issues are resolved at once. Hope and doubt are two sides of a coin are common denominators. It would be unwise to be too optimistic or too pessimistic. Changes today will not come from the government nor any authority. People are responsible for peace or conflict. The inward change is what brings about the external change and which in turn affects the environment. The problems of the old will continue to dominate the New Year and these cannot simply be wished away. But these problems should not hold sway. So let us resolve to bring about inner changes so that this manifest in the external to bring about justice, equality and eventuality to social harmony and progress. New Year thus provides an opportunity for a review of many aspects in a person’s life and the effort to make life better –spiritually, mentally and physically. These are the epitome of what a progressive resolution ought to be and through which relationships, responsibilities and careers are addressed. Hope is positive but doing nothing but hoping is negative. Perhaps it is time to get realistic about the situation at home with against being drowned in the cacophony of clichés and phrases. Thus, it is time to work for and not merely hope for. Instead of expecting from the new year, what can change the dynamics is if we bring what we desire to the new year.

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