The Colonel has never been one to ascribe particular emphasis to the concept of a "new year." Adding a sequential numeral to the current calendar track of Earth's revolution around the Sun -- arbitrarily offset as it is from the seasonal planetary wobble track -- just seems such an inane reason for hope, let alone celebration.
Ebullient wishes of "Happy New Year" and solemn signatory to revolutionary personal resolutions based on the beginning of a dozen segments of an archaic numeration of the passage of planetary rotations, each loosely connected to the cyclical passage of the largest satellite through Earth's shadow, seems -- dare the Colonel say it -- idiotic.
Seriously. Why do we do it?
It really is just an arbitrary cause celebre. But, the Colonel guesses that if you need a reason to party, the beginning of a new calendar year is as good a reason as any.
Still, if one is hard up for a reason to party, why not celebrate New Month? Why wait a whole year to wish others health and prosperity, to resolve change of behavior, or to countdown in eager anticipation of something entirely new than the moment before.
Heck, why not celebrate New Week? Well, the Colonel guesses many people do -- partying on New Week's Eve (Saturday night).
But, the Colonel's original point is that there is placed, in his not so humble opinion, far too much import to the midnight demarcation between the last day of December and the first of January.
Now, the Colonel will admit in this year's case that there is ample motivation to place it firmly in the soon-forgotten rear-view. The year 2016 hasn't been a banner year as far as years go. Oh, it started off rosely enough -- the Colonel's Ole Miss Football Rebels appeared in (and won) the Sugar Bowl for the first time since Eli's and Peyton's (aka Traitor Manning) daddy was slinging the pigskin in red and blue. But, shortly thereafter the year took a nosedive.
There were a few personal mountain tops -- chief among them celebration (with a two-week Mediterranean cruise) of the comely and kind-hearted Miss Brenda's 40th anniversary of wedded bliss with the Colonel -- but, the lows far outweighed the highs.
Actually, it's better said to say "the losses far outweighed the gains."
By the time the year began to wane, the Colonel had lost a promising young grand nephew, one of his domino playing buddies, and the finest father-in-law for which a man could ask. And more potential personal losses are mounting up.
But, to look to a new calendar year for relief of the grief of the old is empty-headed at best.
Grief is a constant in the condition of man. There will always be losses, until the day one becomes the loss of another. A new calendar year will not bring back lost joy.
So, party hardy this coming Saturday night, if it brings you happiness. The next day will not bring you any more joy than the previous. Neither days, weeks, months, nor years -- cold calendar calculations at best -- bring joy.
One's spiritual condition is not calendar dependant. It is foolhardy to place hope for happiness in the mere passage of time.
Sometime toward the end of the next calendar month the Colonel will complete yet another air-breathing trip around the sun. Don't get him started on the inanity of celebrating birthdays...