A Wish List for the Year…in two parts.

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Beauty as you behold it

A warm hug to comfort in distress. A friendly smile from passersby. A friend you can call anytime of the day-a whole bunch you can laugh with on many days. Convivial gatherings in some measure. Solitude when you seek it. Patience. Hope. Appreciation. Traffic less days. Good roads. An open mind. Unexpected bunches of flowers. Good health. Care in times of ill-health. Adequate resources. Success at work. Time to indulge in a hobby. Some moments of idleness. Invigorating sunrises. Peaceful sunsets. Moonlight nights with the stars all bright. All the colours of the rainbow. Acceptance. Intolerance to injustice. Kindness. Empathy. Fewer misunderstandings. Lots of civic sense. Strength to withstand the tough times. Gratitude to appreciate the good times. The ability to rise above petty thoughts. Fairness. Honesty. The courage to hear the truth. Silver linings and lights at the end of tunnels. Moments of love. Beauty as you behold it. Holidays. Mental stimulation. Knowledge. Common sense. Great conversations. Some pampering .A happy birthday. Thoughtful gifts out of the blue. Help at hand. Sanity in the world around you. Contentment. Peace with yourself.
May the memories you gather in 2014 give you comfort in remembrance down the years.
And then again…..
A warm hug to comfort in distress (or not. Happy to be hugged anytime I say.) A friendly smile from passersby (especially if they are good looking). A friend you can call anytime of the day (or night-must specify)-a whole bunch you can laugh with on many days. Convivial gatherings in some measure (the conviviality ensured by large measures of alcohol and quantities of food) Solitude when you seek it. (Oh you will….hangovers NEED silence and solitude. There’s enough hammering going on inside the head.) Patience. (At some of our ages, hangovers also need more time to go) Hope. (Someone will invent hangover fee alcohol). Appreciation (that was a seriously good wine.) Traffic less days (not unless you are leaving the country for good but Hope mentioned earlier, applies here too.) Good roads (Unless you are driving to Bhutan where the Army has apparently built a great road- refer to Hope section.) An open mind (Remember the jazz about them being like parachutes and working only when open? Time to apply that now.) Unexpected bunches of flowers (for women in a wholly gender biased way. Deal with it.) Good health (important. Convivial binges are all ok-but health is wealth-CLICHE ALERT!)Care in times of ill-health (of course! TLC speeds it all up) Adequate resources (needed to maintain good health-exorbitant Gym fees. Needed if health fails-Doctor’s fees) Success at work (how else will you get the resources my friend?) Time to indulge in a hobby (time to make driving to work or power point presentations your hobby if only to feel better about this.) Some moments of idleness (sleeping at night. That’s what I meant). Invigorating sunrises (as you have to get up in any case for success at work?) Peaceful sunsets (driving back from work-if you manage it before dark) Moonlit nights with the stars all bright (hello-driving back from work in the night no? I just made it better.)All the colours of the rainbow (not all at once unless you just got socked in the eye.-say assorted colours through the day.) Acceptance- (that drivers DO NOT know the rules, will honk, will overtake from the left and attempt to overtake also by VTOL techniques. I’m just getting started here but you get my drift.)Intolerance to injustice (Bang the car of the goon taxi driver who barges in to the line at the toll. Ok- maybe you can just abuse him, shake your fist at him or show him the fi…r?)Kindness (Give your maid a day off a week or she will run away) Empathy (Your maid ran away despite your kindness. Tsk. Send the kids over for a day. I’ll baby sit.)Fewer misunderstandings (Confront, shout and clear the air. No talking so no misunderstanding see?) Lots of civic sense (Fictional concept. Display on your part may be ridiculed.) Strength to withstand the tough times (The maid left. Convivial gathering looming large at home.) Gratitude to appreciate the good times (Order in and disposables). The ability to rise above petty thoughts (I was kind to her and she still left. Curses on her head.) Fairness (Fictional concept) Honesty (seriously? Look at the world around you). The courage to hear the truth (you are maid-less for the foreseeable future.)Silver linings and lights at the end of tunnels (are there you know. Another maid joins.) Moments of love (my cynicism fails here onwards.) Beauty as you behold it. Holidays. Mental stimulation. Knowledge. Common sense (back to fiction.) Great conversations (far and few. And I don’t mean comments exchanges on FB.Though those are something we settle for these days.) Some pampering (cynicism failure).A happy birthday (total cynicism failure) Thoughtful gifts out of the blue (Always welcome. To those reading this-I love books, Snickers, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, clothes and well books again. I also love Amir Khan, Jude Law and Pierce Brosnon-anyone gifting?) Help at hand (the maid always). Sanity in the world around you (notice I say you? Which means you may decide to not let ME be around …have clearly lost it no?). Contentment (despite all of the above) Peace with yourself (If you manage this in today’s day and time –ping me-will arrange for canonization. Which to me means tying you to a canon and blasting you into space. You are so out of this world! Or do I mean unworldly????)
Happy New Year my lovely people…..keep the madness going.

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