Jan 1, 2009

Wish Wash

It's a New Year again!!

Time again to draft out 'Happy New Year' and 'Seasons Greetings' mails (the lazier lot have the mail forward option :P). For those of us who still believe in paper greetings it's time to go greeting card, envelope and stamp shopping. For those who eat, drink and breathe blogs it's time to adorn our online spaces with festive stuff and the ever popular list of resolutions (mine's coming up soon :P).

'Happy New Year! Have a great 2009 and may you have all that you wish for in the year ahead.'

Sounds familiar, doesn't it? You either just read or heard a wish like that or wished someone the same just a couple of minutes ago.

How much do these wishes really help? Will the coming year actually brighten up with a handful of 'live the moment' wishes? I'm suddenly not convinced.

I don't mean to sound like a pessimist on New Years... but wishing each other on New Years or for that matter any similar occasion seems more like a formal pleasantry to me.

Life brings in its share of ups and downs irrespective of the wishes we accumulate. Of course I buy the philosopher's argument that little things like these add value to life. But I'm still confused about how much we really mean it when we wish each other. Is the well-wisher's job over once he or she simply conveys the wish??

Why wait for an occasion is what I ask!!! Why wait for the calendar to run out of pages before you want to wish all and sundry in your address book? Why not keep in touch and exchange similar pleasantries more oftener?

I believe that a truckload of clock-worked wishes don't really help. It sounds more like a part of the whole orchestra that's playing its chorus. I'd rather have a gentle hum through the year, even if it is from one person or a small bunch of people. It's this hum that will keep me going... especially during my 'life's not fair' moments.

Happy New Year, nevertheless.


nsiyer January 5, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

These lines'But I'm still confused about how much we really mean it when we wish each other'brings to my mind certain thoughts which call for reflection, Priya.Can this be reworded and then reflected upon - here it goes. 'But I'm still confused about how much I really mean it when I wish SOMEONE ELSE'. The confusion is all about how much do we invest when we offer such wishes.These wishes from others is what I term in the mobile phone language 'incoming free'. Just take it when it comes free and do your best.

priya January 6, 2009 at 4:36 PM  

@Iyer Sir

Thanks for the comment.

Infact I have asked myself that question. And unfortunately every wish that I have responded to has not always been a 100%... at times its more like returning a wish and simply being polite.

But your 'incoming free' concept is interesting and definitely adds another perspective to this whole thing. Thanks.

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