Crossing the threshold into
the new year of 2015 I heard something saying …the most important thing we
humans have is hope…and I thought how right he is. Our hope is based on the
knowledge that our globe keeps turning, that the sun will rise and the night and
darkness will be over. The hope that you will reach the goal you have set your
mind to. The hope that the medicine will help to take away the pain. The hope
that one day you will reach the foot of the rainbow where the legendary
treasure is buried for us to find and live happily ever after.
It was only yesterday, me
driving from Nicosia back to Kyrenia, it was raining hard and the mountain
range was covered with grey blue thunderous clouds, that all of a sudden I saw
a most beautiful rainbow develop, a perfect bow reaching from Agirdağ to
Dikmen, and I saw where its feet were planted, so very close, and a light shone
there in the rainbow’s colours. But when I approached on the highway, it was
like passing through a huge gate, the apparition got weaker and weaker and was
finally gone. I smiled. When I reached the other side, descending towards
Kyrenia, there it was again in all its brightness over the sea.
Like in true life, we are
lured to follow an apparition of which we are told that it is the ‘promised
land’, the chest of treasure we are hoping for in order to lead a good life.
Towards the end of each year
we can hardly wait for it to finish so we can make a new start, a new beginning
in many ways, as if we could leave all the pain, sorrows and waste we have
produced behind us and start afresh with everything clean and polished, new and
After December 21 the days
start to be longer again, the times of darkness will soon be over, nature will be
reborn in the beautiful season of spring and all wrinkles are smoothed out and the
ugly rubbish is covered up.
It is a good habit to make a
clear cut once in a while and say, let’s start anew, let’s forget about the
past, let’s close one door and open the new one leading to an unknown territory
which excites our curiosity, our sense of creativity and adventure, which has
some healing effects too.
To make a new start we feel
that we ought to be prepared and it is a tradition for us to undertake a long
walk on the beach to air our system; this year we really had a strong westerly
wind at the Akdeniz Beach with a mighty surf rolling in.
What will the New Year be
like? We have made the step across, are looking out to guess what is there to
expect in the far distance, and the motor that drives us now is HOPE. We hope
for peace and mutual understanding for all parties facing war, despair, poverty
and racial hate. We hope for rain in parts of the world suffering from draught,
and sunshine for those who freeze. We hope for politicians that have a vision
and think of their people instead of their pockets, we don’t want them to use
hope as a lubricant; to awaken false hope is a crime against humanity. Hope can
in some people’s life be the crutches to keep moving.
Let’s hope to have our daily
bread and on and off a glass of wine to celebrate and friends to do that with
and we hope to stay realistic and not grab for the stars or wear shoes that are
too big for us.
Here is to those who have
lost hope, may they find a new road to go. I am thinking of those who have lost
their home and country and have become refugees and who have trusted ruthless
people to help them escape and have been abandoned in the middle of the sea.
They stay alive only because they have some hope left that they will be helped
to get out of the trap others have created for them out of greediness.