If you're a golfer, you know a mulligan is a do-over, an extra shot after a bad one that you don't have to put on the score card. After the last year, I think we're better off just scratching that one off the score card completely ~ no do-over! Step on that ball, kick some sand over it, and let's move on to the next hole... or year as it may be.
It's the long-awaited new year. I always feel like there's a second chance in the new year to do it right, don't you? A clean slate. No resolutions this year. I have so many in the "yet to be completed" coffers that the seams are going to bust wide open if I add even one more. But about resolutions...
DID YOU KNOW that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year's Resolutions 4,000 years ago? Among other things, like affirming their loyalty to the reighning king, they vowed to the gods to pay their debts, return borrowed things and, who knows, perhaps to do a better job watering and caring for their hanging gardens. They thought if they kept their promises, the gods would bestow favor on them in the coming year. If they didn't? Well, perhaps they got a year like we just had with 2020.
So, I'm not taking any chances. I'm not making any New Year's Resolutions. I am, however, going to try and be kinder, in heart and deed, to my fellow humans; to stand up for what is right; to have patience with myself and with others, none of whom are perfect, but we do the best we can I hope.
With all the hooplah of the holidays behind us, let's pack 2020 away with that old Christmas tree. Perhaps we can bring it out next year just to take a look at it before we toss it into the annals of history and then count our blessings . We have many. We really don't have to take a mulligan on that year.