Li's Blog: What? It's New Year's? 2020? Wow....

What? It's New Year's? 2020? Wow....

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Anyone with a Scottish background has taken down the decorations, has done some spring-cleaning, and is all ready to welcome in the New Year. Called Hogmanay, it's a time for remembering and for celebrating and for welcoming in the new. A "first foot" is a part of the tradition...a gift brought into the house and a greeting and a sharing of bring luck to the house in the New Year.

We are poised to enter 2020. In looking at history, it always seems that the first twenty years of a new millennium brought in the previous twenty with it...a mingling of old and new, while the signature of the new era ramped up. Perhaps 2020 will be the start of the "real 21st Century".

Robotics, AI growth and acceptance, the desire for virtual reality experiences, the speed of connectivity, the language of emojis (a shorthand beyond time zones and geography?) 2020, the new culture rushes on.

In the middle of the excitements of new discoveries, ways of being, it's ever more important to remember the way of kindness. Perhaps an interesting thing to do would be to study philosophy. To consider what great thinkers have shared, at various times, about what it means to be human.


A little light-hearted film to begin a New Year entertainment? Try Scottish director Bill Forsyth's Local Hero. Enjoy.



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Comment balloon 4 commentsLi Read • December 31 2019 06:00PM


Hello Li - a blending, a mingling and a cumulative force --- that's a way history (and life) seems to work but it combines with a lot of other factors to become the present and then the future.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 9 months ago

Good afternoon Li. I think the history is fascinating and I wish you the best New Year ever.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 9 months ago

Li Read Thank you, and Happy New Year 2020 to you and your family as well!

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 9 months ago

Li, loved your post, and have not heard Scottish traditions.   Happy New Year, and hope 2020 is the best year ever for you.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 9 months ago