What a strange year it has been – “incredible” is really the only way to describe it. So many of the past year’s events ridiculed, deemed impossible, yet here we are in a reality we thought unimaginable, throwing our hands in the air as if this couldn’t possibly have anything to do with us, as if it all just happened to us.
Maybe we are innocent bystanders, and maybe, just maybe, we were too busy, too blind, too arrogant, too naive, too careless to believe that there were people out there who felt differently, whose worlds and futures did not look bright and for whom the light at the end of the tunnel is rapidly disappearing.
While there is, no doubt, enough blame to go around, the best place to start is always with oneself. What could each of us have done differently and how can we ensure that past lessons lead to future improvements?
It is hard not to feel overwhelmed by the speed at which the world spins. At times it almost feels like we are on a runaway train – too afraid to slow down and consider route and direction out of fear of being thrown off and left behind.
What we fail to understand – or perhaps choose to ignore – is that we, our generation, our time, is just a blip on the screen of history and as important as we think we are, as unique as we may believe our times to be, there will come a time when future generations – themselves just as important, their times equally unique – will look back at us and wonder why we never stopped to reflect.
Why we allowed our need for speed to define us and dictate our actions with such dire consequences for people and planet alike. Why those of us, to whom so much has been given, chose to focus increasingly on ourselves instead of choosing to “lift as we climbed”.
So as 2016 becomes 2017, one New Year’s resolution could be to slow down – just a little; just enough to give ourselves time to listen and to reflect on our actions, our words and our decisions.
There is always room for improvement, but without reflection there can be no improvement; without reflection, history is bound to repeat itself – warts and all.
Let us show those future generations that we take our responsibilities seriously, that we dare slow down the train and that we are capable of dedicating our unique talents and creative abilities to the betterment of the world as a whole and not just the tiny part we inhabit.
As we close out another year at Books & Company, we are once again filled with so much gratitude for all the wonderful moments spent in the company of what is without a doubt the best community any bookshop could ever hope for.
Thank you for all the great conversations, ideas, laughs and debates; thank you for your friendship and support. Thank you for choosing to come in!
Happy New Year!