Saturday, December 31, 2011

SL/RL Synthesis Note (46): “Auld Lang Syne” Welcome 2012!

The song "Auld Lang Syne" has come a long way from its Scottish roots and is roughly translated as "old long since", or “for (the sake of) old times.”

Singing it as we bring in the New Year should remind us that times and experience past are good indicators to us of what things we should seek or avoid as we begin again, renewing another year.

Accepting change is probably one of life’s most difficult tasks. Even positive change sometimes produces in us feelings of grief and regret. However, it is the contrast of experiencing something new that allows us to grow …EVOLVE! heart, mind and spirit.

There have been things in my Second Life that no matter how many times I have thought, said, and believed that I let go, the memories always bring me back to where it felt I had begun. What I am appreciating NOW, is that it is the memories of the “joy and bliss” that keep me wanting. Each return, however, has provided a new opportunity to look back and review what had previously been a faulty understanding and allowed me to view it through a new, more enlightened lens. It is what forgiveness and healing look like in action.
"Mending a Broken Heart" by LaffyTaff247

The lyrics to this traditional song have new meaning for me as I enter the New Year. I am willing to accept the grief that comes with the loss of something…someone so dear to the heart you believe you can never move on. I resolve to find focus and contentment in connecting to the best and brightest in myself. I invite you to join me and let your light shine!

And should old acquaintances be forgot, and never brought to mind?

Of course not.

Keep old friends near, hold on to the pleasure of joyful memories of love, and allow them both to help you through the changes in your life that will produce miracles.

Peace and many blessings in 2012
Always and All Ways (RMD)

I Love You

Happy New Year! :)

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;

The flames of Love extinguished,

and fully past and gone:

Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,

that loving Breast of thine;

That thou canst never once reflect
Old long syne.

On Old long syne my Jo,
in Old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
on Old long syne.

My Heart is ravisht with delight,
when thee I think upon;

All Grief and Sorrow takes the flight,

and speedily is gone;

The bright resemblance of thy Face,

so fills this, Heart of mine;

That Force nor Fate can me displease,
for Old long syne.
Since thoughts of thee doth banish grief,

when from thee I am gone;

will not thy presence yield relief,

to this sad Heart of mine:

Why doth thy presence me defeat,

with excellence divine?

Especially when I reflect
on Old long syne

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