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Jan
11

Hope – in a Baker’s Dozen…


There is something about the New Year that people find brings forth new hope.  The end of one year can mark a finishing point, a place at which past events can be gently put to one side – gone but not forgotten – and eyes can look to the future.  A renewed positivity can be enjoyed and many people see it as a time when they can reassess their life targets. 

What was impossible to grasp in December can seem, in January, be reachable again. 

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is fairly easy to be cynical about the New Year – and the opportunities it brings for a reappraisal of life, the universe and everything!  Of course, where things are viewed pessimistically, can there ever be much hope?  We must all have hope – that wish that something will happen (and the expectation as well, that the wish will be fulfilled, granted or come to pass).  Some wishes – much alike to unrequited love – may never see their apotheosis – but what is the harm in hoping?

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that  hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof

– Barbara Kingsolver

Each New Year allows for a revival of hope and optimism.  Optimism comes about when hope is around. Hope is the attitude’s emotional force, its partner, its support, its servant. It may sometimes be brief, but it is powerful.  When the New Year arrives people often make resolutions which they know will never be carried through – the triumph (although fleeting!) of hope over experience. 

Why then bother with it at all you may ask? 

Because without Hope we have no anticipation, no confidence, no future…

Because Hope, in facing the inevitability of a tomorrow, does not consider the possibility of failing,

but strives for the equal possibility of succeeding.


Sy’t op 31 Desember 2010 – Oujaarsdag-agtermiddag – die nes gegrawe. 5 ure lank met die agterpote gegrou… die eiers gelê en daarna versigtig toegemaak.

Ongestoord, terwyl ek by haar gesit het en video’s en foto’s geneem het en met haar gechat het en die H3 die koffie en siggies aangedra het (‘n girl kan ook net só lank droëbek en plat op haar se agterent in ‘n bedding deurbring😀 )

She gave me one of the most perfect gifts at year-end – a year which required me to look at hope in a whole new way – At the turn of the decade she gave me the symbol of hope – not just one, but 13 eggs! A whole Baker’s dozen of hope – as if to say – “one for each month of 2011, BB… and one more – just for in case.”

En nou Allermooistes:

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-byes.

I wish you enough happiness to make you sweet.

I wish you enough trials to make you strong,

I wish you enough sorrow to keep you human and

I wish you enough HOPE to make you truly happy…

Here’s to HOPE– and a Happy 2011!!

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster,

to give you a future and a hope.”


20 Responses to “Hope – in a Baker’s Dozen…”


  1. 1 ELF
    January 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Net die heel heel mooiste vir jou in 20-ELF liewe BB .. want Hy het reeds jou deel afgemeet en met die Hand vir jou uitgekies. Baie liefde. xx

    • 2 BB
      January 3, 2011 at 7:01 am

      ( ( ( ELF ) ) )

  2. 3 Son
    January 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Elke kleintjie kan vernoem word na ‘n maand van die jaar, en die 13de enetjie doop jy Skrikkeljaar😆

    • 4 BB
      January 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

      Cool idee… maar ek dink ek gaan hulle na my bloggermaaikies vernoem, Sons…:mrgreen:

      • January 3, 2011 at 7:14 am

        O boy…. hehehehehe

        • 6 Son
          January 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

          Jy beter ‘n foto-update MET name by gee😆

          • 7 Krista
            January 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

            Jy wil NIE die name van die skillies hoor nie . . . daar is reeds hope!!!😉

  3. January 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Dankie BB dat jy jou ekstra besonderse oujaarsgeskenk met ons gedeel het. Hoe lank neem skilpadeiers om uit te broei? Jy moet ons op hoogte hou!!
    En die mooiste mooiste mooiste 2011 vir jou en jou geliefde en jou kinders!!🙂
    Ons sal jou blog dophou!!

    • 9 BB
      January 3, 2011 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Toortsie! Die eiers vat tussen 60 en 120 dae om uit te broei – afhangende van die spesie en ander dinge soos klimaat ens… (daar is wel gevalle aangeteken waar eiers tot soveel as 9 maande geneem het om uit te broei – weereens baie klimaat gebonde). Maar as ek baaaaaaaie lucky is, kan ons teen Paasfees dalk “Oupa & Ouma” wees:mrgreen:

  4. 10 CHAOS
    January 3, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Dit gaan n awesome jaar wees vir ons – dankie dat ek so bevoorreg is om dit met jou te kan deel xxx

    • 11 BB
      January 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

      Og, my Love – net die feit dat ons dit as voorreg sien, maak dit nóg beter as wat dit reeds is xx

  5. January 3, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Yip, ek is reg vir 2011.
    Dis baie waar daardie, hoop en ‘n tikkie optimisme gee sukses ‘n gelyke kans. Oooo, ek aknnie wag vir die skilpadjie-updates nie. Gmf, sien wiki sê ons moet nou 60 tot 120 dae wag.

    • 13 BB
      January 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

      JipJip!! Ek verwag GROOT dinge dié jaar! My maak-of-breek – voel ek so in my water😉
      Ek kannie wag vir my babatjies nie!!:mrgreen: Ek is soos ‘n broeis hen oor daai nessie… die Ouvrou het laaaaaaaaankal vergeet daarvan. G’n moederinstink nie. *tsk*😕

      • January 4, 2011 at 7:01 am

        Jy sal dan maar die oppas werk moet doen, netnou word die eiers iemand se maaltyd.

  6. January 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Ag, fraai!

    Maar jinne, BB, het jy al gesien hoe passievol skilpaaie is? 😯 Ek sou dit nie geglo het as ek dit nie met my eige oge gesien (en gehoor!) het nie! Hulle het sweerlik meer byklanke as ek!

    Nou’s dit vir die laaaaang wag… 😉

  7. January 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    gelukkige en voorspoedige 2011 vir jou, bb. Mag ou oumaskap net vreugde bring.😆

  8. January 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Hellooooooo!! Als nog reg met ons skilpadjies????🙂

  9. January 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Dis BAIE spesiaal om so iets te kan sien!

  10. January 12, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Ag, baie geluk met die hoop op kleinkinders!Dankie ook vir jou mooi nuwejaarswoorde! Kan nie wag vir ‘n foto-update van die babatjies nie!


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