New Year… are we ready for it?

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With my feeble energy I lay on the bed. The heart feels heavy and it is difficult to breathe. The light seems dim and I think it is already time. After all , its always about the time. It is probably time to bid adieu. I have a promise to keep as well . I think I have done what I was supposed to do !

I can hear the crackers bursting, though not loud enough but still in fewer decibels I hear the merry making. Every one seem happy about my death!! They seem elated and have been waiting for my demise it seems!

Well, I am no one to judge , neither feel any kind of emotions. Duty is what I had to do and I did it with conviction. I too feel relieved that its all over now! The light is fading now and yes yes yesโ€ฆ its completely dark now !! Something just feels different. I feel light. I think I am flying now… well to where…. I know nothing !! It is beyond my control now!! Does ‘The End ‘ always feel like this !!

……………………………………………………….After few moments……………………………………

Ohh…I feel better now ! I can finally breathe… but I feel much lighter now. This door that is in front of me slowly opens and out comes a White Beauty dressed in absolute sparkling snowy attire with a halo on HER head. SHE smiles in a mysterious way and greets me. SHE then gives me a golden leaf .

“You have done a good job. It was a tough assignment but you did it ! This golden leaf is the appreciation,” SHE said.

“Thank you. Now that its done, I think it is time for me to disappear ! Can I have the relieving letter please?” I asked as per the mandate.

“No, you can not be relieved now. You have to wait in the adjacent room and might have to repeat your duties when called upon!” SHE said with a smirk on her face.

“What? No… please no . Not me again.” I begged.

“Do you think you have a choice?” SHE asked with her eyebrows raised.

I kept quite because that was the only option.

SHE handed me a letter and directed me to a room . I entered and sat on the only chair that was there. It was an empty room, painted completely white with a unique radiance . It felt calm there but I was restless within . Then, I slowly opened the letter that was handed over to me. It read as below:

When the greed overpowers need,

when they forget to pay gratitude,

when it seems unnecessary to be kind,

when the boundaries are crossed,

with temptations and urge to have more,

with a hunger that never seems to satiate ,

When they forget that less is more,

when vanity seems to be the order of the day,

You will be called upon to unleash the wrath,

to tame the wild souls find the right path,

sometimes the lessons are tough & harsh,

required to save the planet before the ultimate crash!

With a sigh , I wait and look out of the only window ,

overlooking the place I just left……….THE EARTH !!!

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The year 2020 has been very tough and life patterns have completely undergone a change . It has taken many sacrifices and has left families grieving with irreparable loss, has set us in thinking mode as to what made this grief unite the entire humanity. Does it always have to be loss that brings us together? Isn’t all our lives interlinked ?Why is that only in tough times , we understand that reaching out to each other is more essential than living an individualistic life ? Why is it that when happiness & joy are abundant, we tend to forget the ones who helped us survive the dark & gloomy days? There are lot of questions to be asked at a personal level which might help in introspection . May we understand that we are answerable to the future generations to come! May we actually prove to be the most intelligent species of the planet earth by our thoughts, actions and options that we select .

Let’s pause, ponder and prepare to understand and reflect the choices we make in our lives taking into consideration what year 2020 meant for all of us.

Are we really ready for this new beginning or is it just change of the calendar?

This post is a part of #Welcome2021Blog Hop organised by Swarnali Nath who blogs at The Saffron Storyteller

Welcome 2021 Blog Hop is a writing event that started on 25th December, 2020 and will continue till 7th January, 2021 where 30 bloggers across the globe will share their thoughts on the theme โ€˜Learning from the day gone by to make a promise for the new.โ€™

You can read the thoughts by 30 other bloggers here

Love,

Chinmayee

54 Comments Add yours

  1. Alpana Deo says:

    “Are we really ready for this new beginning or is it just change of the calendar?” these words are very thought provoking. I am afraid, once things get back to normal. people will forget what all they have learned and acquired during 2020. I wish they shouldn’t. I loved you post. It was a very unique way of writing and creative take on the theme.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Alpana for stopping by and commenting on my Blog Post. Really glad that you liked my entry in the Blog Hop. Wishing you and your family a very happy New year 2021!

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  2. Navita Bhatia says:

    A wonderful message conveyed so magnificently!! Let’s hope the so-called evolved species ameliorates its future actions in accordance with the lessons learned and this new year alleviates the sufferings of the world and mother nature to a considerable extent.
    A lovely read, Chinmayee!!
    Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and successful 2021.

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    1. Firstly, thanks a lot for stopping by. It’s a pleasure to know that you liked my attempt to write my feelings on the prompt. Absolutely agree, hope we all get the message and act accordingly before it’s too late. Thanks for the wishes and I send across all the postive vibes to you and your family for a great start ! Have a blessed 2021!!

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      1. Navita Bhatia says:

        Thanks much, Chinmayee๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Mayuri6 says:

    My favorite, and best post, of this blog hop. Love how you gave 2020 it’s due, as no matter how bad it was, it is a year that changed lives. That is such a powerful poem, Chinmayee.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Mayuri for your kind words. I am so happy that you could resonate with my thoughts. Wishing you and your family a blessed year ahead- 2021.

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  4. Ranjini says:

    Firstly, you’ve a professional writer feel to your stories. You should write more books. Secondly, loved the poem and how you put 2020 in perspective. Absolutely enjoyed this one, Chin! ๐Ÿคฉ

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    1. Thanks a lot Ranjini for your comments. Even I plan to write more consistently this year.Hopefully I achieve it , not an easy feat for me as procastination is my biggest enemy ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Need a cheer squad ,๐Ÿคฃ I guess, like you! Wishes for a New Beginning ๐Ÿ˜

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  5. Nidhi Rawal Gautam says:

    Your post is a treat to read Chinmayee! I am so glad that I am part of this blog hop. The poem is shear reality and so is the message. I wish you a prosperous 2021. Stay safe๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Nidhi, first of all thank you so much for stopping by and I am glad you liked the thought behind penning this post.

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    2. Wish you and your family a very happy New year filled with health happiness and prosperity ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. Such a brilliant post! I loved the poem. The words are pure gold. No matter how much people curse 2020, it is the year that brought a change in perspective and showed humans than we are the guests of Earth, not the Master.
    Wish you a wonderful 2021 dear. More power to your pen! โค๏ธ

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    1. Thank you Purba so much for your beautiful comments ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก. Means a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š. Yes , the year 2020 will be always historical for its both pros and cons! Thanks for all the wishes and here’s Wishing you and your family a blessed and prosperous New year 2021.

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  7. Swarnali Nath says:

    Wow, what a beautiful take on the prompt! Chini this is such a wonderful write up and I feel so proud of you my dear. We keep talking about our own problems but never think about mother earth. Such an enlightening post. Very well written. Thank you so much for joining us and I am grateful to you. I wish you a great year ahead dear. Best wishes.

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    1. Swarnali , thanks a ton dearie ๐Ÿฅฐ. I am so happy that you liked my entry to your amazing blog hop.When the host herself appreciates it makes all the difference.You made my day ๐Ÿ˜. Wishing you a great New year to you and your family. Stay blessed.

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  8. Oh Chinmayee.. your post really made me think for a while. It was shocking in some ways but such crude truth that we must admit and accept. Hope we realise our faults and I also hope the year gone is never summoned again to teach us a lesson.

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    1. Thank you Payel for stopping by my blog and for such lovely comments ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงก.I am happy and glad that my thoughts resonated with you. Wishes for a very happy New year.

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  9. Debidutta Mohanty says:

    A very thought-provoking post, Gayatri. Loved every bit of it and I am a fan of your poems. You should publish your collection of poems. A very Happy New Year and more power to your pen.

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    1. Thanks a ton for your kind words and appreciation , Debi๐Ÿฅฐ. I am really humbled by your gestureโค๏ธโค๏ธ.Means a lot to me

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  10. Wow what a beautiful message and so rightly put. I was blown away by your beautiful imagery and that poem is so thought provoking and absolutely the right way to express what messages we need to remember and never forget.
    Awesome writing
    Deepika Sharma

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    1. Thanks a lot Deepika for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read and comment ๐Ÿฅฐ. I am happy that my attempt appealed to you. Wishes for the New year to you and your family ๐Ÿงก

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  11. Jyoti Jha says:

    Oh my Goodness! This is an incredible representation of the year that bid adieu. What a creative and innovative take, Chinmayee! Absolutely loved it ๐Ÿคฉโค
    And so thought provoking- ‘Are we really ready for the new year, or is it just a change of calendar ‘
    Only time will tell. We csn only hope and pray!
    Brilliantly written.

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    1. Thanks Jyoti for your valuable comments ๐Ÿงก.Means a lot in fact that you connected with my thoughts.Wishing you and your family a blessed year ahead ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  12. Incredible thought provoking write up Chinmayee, you never stop to amaze me. I can just wish that this change in thoughts,lifestyle,mental healthiness could be perpetual. 2020 has given a lesson for life hope we human respect it,value it forever.

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    1. Thanks a lot my dear friend for your kind words

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    2. I really wish the same. Thank you for stopping by and commenting with such kind words.means a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š.wish you and your family a very happy New year 2021.

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  13. Darshana Suresh says:

    This was brilliant, Chimayee! Everything from the writing style of the story to the poem to the message conveyed all in all, a perfect post to welcome this year. Really enjoyed this read, keep them coming! โ™ฅ๏ธ

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    1. Darshana, thanks a ton for your valuable feedback. Means a lot. Here’s wishing you a great New year ahead filled with health, happiness and prosperity.๐Ÿ’–

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  14. pythoroshan says:

    It certainly feels that way… As if Earth has decided its time to teach us a lesson. And sadly, I still worry that people haven’t learnt it.

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    1. Firstly, thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting. Absolutely, unless we learn the lesson nothing will change the fact that we are the only cause of harming ourselves and our future!

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  15. Oh wow. When I read the opening I had goosebumps. You have shaken my thought process. It’s definitely an awakening this year. The learnings from last few months are not to be forgotten but to be carried forward and put in action – Urvashi, Damuru Creations

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  16. When I read the opening I had goosebumps. You have shaken my thought process. It’s definitely an awakening this year. The learnings from last few months are not to be forgotten but to be carried forward and put in action

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    1. Firstly thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿ˜Š.I am really happy that my effort could connect with you. It means a lot and I wish you a very Happy New Year 2021 filled with health, happiness and prosperity ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’œ

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  17. Wizardencil says:

    This is one of the best post of this hop. Loved it to the core. A year of change and a beautiful poem. This post is a gem.
    Have a great year ahead.

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    1. Absolutely grateful for your kind words ๐Ÿค—. Thanks a lot for stopping by and wishing you a great New year ahead filled with possibilities and positivityโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’–

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  18. What a profound poem Chinmayee. Sometimes hard lessons are required to save the earth from Ultimate Crash. I couldn’t stop myself from rereading the poem again and again, as it touched my heart deeply. I hope the human kind remembers this lesson forever. Wish you a very Happy New Year Chinmayee.

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    1. It means a lot to me to hear that you liked my little attempt and my thoughts could connect with you. Grateful for your valuable comments. Wishing you and your family a very happy New year 2021 filled with health, happiness and prosperity.๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  19. TripleAmommy says:

    Really liked your take on the year gone by – especially the poem. But as you said – I just hope that this is not a change only of the calendar year but that we retain some of the things learnt this past year.

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    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by. I am glad that you liked my attempt. I so wish ,this pain and suffering gets eradicated as soon as possible. Wishing you and your family a very happy New year 2021.

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  20. jainnehas says:

    What a wonderful post!! I loved your poem. It reminds me of every reason to respect nature more. Thanks for such an amazing read.

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    1. Thanks a lot Neha for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ your appreciation means a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  21. Ruchi says:

    That was such a thought provoking post ! Will we be able to prove that we are most intelligent species and will act accordingly..I fear we all know the answers …let’s gear for the worst !

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    1. Thanks Ruchi for your words of appreciation. Yes, the future is going to be really tough!

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  22. Atulmaharaj says:

    Another master piece from Chinmayeeji’s book. Such beautifully put and the imagination, painted quite a picture!

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    1. Thanks Atul ji for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿ˜Š I am happy that my thoughts could connect with you. Means a lot๐Ÿ˜‡

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  23. daisybala says:

    Your story was invigorating and the poetry added the zing, to mark the everlasting impression! Your last words in the blog, set the stage for introspection and confessions. Kudos to this thoughtfulness and this impeccable piece of beauty!! Happy New year Chinmayee๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™Œ

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    1. Thanks Daisy for stopping by! Your valuable comments and feedback just made my day. Appreciate your support which always motivates me.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™Œ

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      1. daisybala says:

        Please dear ๐Ÿฅฐ

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      2. daisybala says:

        Pleasure dear โค๏ธ

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  24. soniadogra says:

    Wonderful concept Chinmayee. After all, maybe 2020 was just fulfilling a duty. And that poem of yours reminded me so much of Tagore and Kipling.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Sonia for stopping by and I am glad you liked my little attempt ๐Ÿ˜‡. Tagore and Kipling!! My God ๐Ÿ™ That’s huge. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  25. Thankful for everyday that I lived this year, 2020. You were the closest human race came to extinction in my lifetime. Hoepfully. Beautiful post dewar

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    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by. I am so happy you liked the post! Means a lot.

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