What are your wishes for 2018?
‘When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you. If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme, when you wish upon a star, as dreamers do…‘ are lyrics originally sung by Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney’s 1940 animated adaptation of Pinocchio. For Geppetto the carpenter in that story, his wish did come true.
The year 2017 will go down as a challenging one for many people on this planet. So many events transpired, from catastrophes to miracles. As much as some people were divided, is as much as some people came together.
As 2018 approaches, it offers us a time to reflect upon the past year and look forward to the New Year – with wishes for ourselves and others. Looking back on events in 2017, locally and globally, some wishes may be fraught with doubt. There were moments best described as surreal. Light and darkness were not only guided by the rising and setting of the sun – but also by the energy emitted from people who stood divided. Then in between the ‘alt-left’ and ‘alt-right or the ‘anti-this’ and ‘anti-that’, a new seed was sowed, one of respect, understanding and hope.
It was a year that broke historic records on many levels. Depending on one’s perspective, wishes for the New Year will be mixed, but they will still be wishes.
On a local level, Montrealers witnessed a historic change at City Hall with the election of Valérie Plante, the first woman Mayor to hold that seat in the city’s history. Just across the border, we watched as a new President was sworn into the White House – and then with jaws dropped, we watched America’s very foundations shake with tremors so strong, they were felt around the globe. And we stood by as America became almost unrecognizable. Protocol changed and policies were thrown to the wind. The idea of a third World War, once a remote possibility, became a very real possibility when the President of the United States decided to take on North Korea – his way.
Putin and Russia spying, terrorist attacks and people homeless and starving were all part of the 2017 landscape, symptoms of the times as dismaying as may be.
Climate Change and its effects became all too real. From Hurricane Irma to Hurricane Maria, to historic flooding in eastern Canada and forest fires in the West, to mega-earthquakes across the globe. The good side of it – here in Montreal, we had the most beautiful, hot autumn season.
But with all that came the miracles. In the face of tragedy, divisions fell and heroes stood up, risking their own lives to save others. In the face of opposition, they stood up in groups of thousands to protest what was wrong – and they are not sitting down any time soon. The miracles were many, enough to offer continued hope and belief.
Then out of darkness came more light, a very bright light. On October 5th 2017, a New York Times investigation revealed sexual harassment allegations against American Film Director Harvey Weinstein, dating back to 1990. The floodgates were opened and the allegations poured forth, but out of it came the incredible and inspiring ‘Me Too’ movement. Women are not going to take it anymore – and the change has just begun.
In our own communities and in our homes, we must remember the triumphs as well as the personal struggles – it is where it really matters most. It is where we share, live and love with others.
So what are your wishes for 2018?
When the wish comes from the heart and not from the mind’s constant chatter of need, desires and fears – then maybe wishes really could come true. I know for myself, one of the most popular wishes heard is what sums it up for me, ‘Peace On Earth and Goodwill to all Human Kind’.
If you would like a little inspiration, here is a link to ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ – sung by Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards):