Returning to my favorite holiday traditions over the past few weeks, I fell under the spell of “Auld Lang Syne” It always seemed like a perfect song to me, with words and melodies so closely related are that they are inextricably linked, like soul and body

“Should an old acquaintance be forgotten and never be remembered? Should an old acquaintance be forgotten and days of the old language?”

The phrase from which the song derives its title, which is kept in the original Scottish language of the text, is often translated as “long, long time ago” or “long time ago” I totally agree with those who use the Have not manipulated the expression “auld lang syne” in the modern English version The wooden translations use violence against the phrase Even on a phonetic level, the Scottish “auld lang syne” seems to have an indigenous charm that feels like mist from the highlands from the tongue rolls

How can we celebrate the “picking of daisies” in addition to arduous hikes or lift a glass to paddle streams along our estrangement across wide seas?

For anyone who believes that “Auld Lang Syne” was written specifically for the final cathartic minutes of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, however, these translations provide a helpful entry point into understanding the song’s history and legacy / p>

The song was released in the second half of the 18th century Composed in the 19th century by poet Robert Burns and rapidly gaining popularity in the English-speaking world, it eventually took its place among the usual New Years Eve festivals, encouraging avid party-goers to think about the end of the year before celebrating the coming year

The two of us walked over the hills and picked the daisies well But we’ve hiked many a tired foot since auld lang syne We two paddled in the creek, from the morning sun to dinner, but the seas between us have roared syne for auld lang

As is so often the case with old songs, the middle verses carry the greater amount of meaningful content (and are the first to be forgotten, by the way). The song’s first two verses, paired with a solemn chorus, seem to make for a happy Scottish pub where members of a happy choir wink and drink at each other for the sake of the “good old days.” Now the song seems to take a strange turn, offering two verses in which a childhood memory is followed by admitting a painful reality This pairing could be used to convey an appreciation of the balance between happy and sad elements of the past

When our experiences are understood as the setting rather than the entire story, and when they no longer need to define our ultimate worth, they are completely transfigured

I think it is more likely, however, that the song is intentionally moving from a positive to a negative note to emphasize how often the passage of time coincides with increasing hardship.These middle verses recognize the reality of sad memories and persist an immediate return to the choir and its famous confirmation of the time “auld lang syne”

This steadfast and abrupt transition from sad memory to solemn confirmation shows that this ancient song can tell us something meaningful about what it means to remember, in a broader sense, it gives us an indication of how we can make our experiences more general should understand

We are at the end of a year where our courage has been repeatedly tested by attacks of fear, loneliness, disease and social upheaval. If you are like me, all of these things discourage reflection on the past As I have such troubles Had never experienced it for so long, I found the exam of the past nine months uniquely challenging

Before this year, reflecting on the past usually meant taking stock of my happy and sad moments, the ups and downs, before proceeding at the earliest opportunity to declare, “All in all, I have a lot to do to be thankful for”

“Auld Lang Syne” points to the relationship as the only relationship worth celebrating our memories

I don’t mind maintaining a feeling of gratitude. To the extent that we have received earthly blessings, it is right and good for us to be grateful for these gifts

However, if we limit ourselves to this type of exercise and focus only on the good, we believe we are putting ourselves in a precarious position. Why? Suppose the year we ponder was as difficult as the last. What if our pain seems to outweigh our pleasure?

Also, what should we do when we find that our difficulties have persisted into the present and are far from easing? In each of these cases we are forced to realize that if we fail to find meaning in pleasurable and painful memories, we will not find the comfort we wish for. When faced with the permeation of our pain, we find that the nature of the Reflection that boils down to putting pleasant and painful experiences on a scale only proves helpful to those who do not need help.If we only find value in pleasant memories, it can only help people whose experience is dominated by pleasant memories

Also, many of us fall back on the chorus in difficult times: “Well, it could have been worse. This is none other than the grumpy sister of the first” Platitude of Gratitude “, since it too is based on relative thinking, but rather than good against Weighing badly and coming to the conclusion that we must be very grateful, we weigh bad against bad Things are hard You could have been harder

Both of these statements leave us poor. They imply that life is essentially a state that is either bad or worse. This way of thinking hardly promises the kind of positive affirmation of life that most of us strive for when we think about our past

There is another approach, however. If we accept that our pleasurable and painful experiences do not constitute the entirety of our lives, but are merely the backdrop in which our story took place, then all of our experiences suddenly have the ability to be meaningful Life is pain and life is joy, yes, but pain and joy have a deeper meaning. Like the treasure buried property in Christ’s parable, our experiences are valuable when viewed in the light of an underlying value considered Our experiences do not define the meaning; They are just the ground from which we can uncover meaning

When our experiences are understood as a setting rather than an entire story, and when they no longer need to define our ultimate worth, they become completely transfigured. They take on an aspect that is indiscriminately beautiful and must be cherished, As with the individual sentences of one Symphony, some of which are dominated by confident major chords and others by the questioning of smaller burdens, the strands of our life experiences can also take on a lasting beauty when understood in the light of a theme that unites them

But what is this common theme? What is the dynamic meaning behind our joyful and sad experiences? With regard to the song, how can we celebrate the fact that, in addition to arduous hikes, we “pick daisies finely” or lift a glass to paddle streams together along our alienation across wide seas? I think Burns has something to say about that, too

And there is a hand, my faithful friend! And give me your hand! And we take a right draft for good will, For auld lang syneFor auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne we take another cup of kindness, For auld lang syne

After all is said and done, “Auld Lang Syne” points out the relationship as the only relationship worth celebrating our memories when our past experiences are reminiscent of those we have been through thick and with Having gone thin, these memories not only comfort us in isolation, but also pull us together

I think Burns is absolutely right on this point. Our highest task and greatest joy is the vocation of friendship, which requires what we long for: a life in which we bear each other’s burdens and joys sharing friendship is simply any relationship that is characterized by that beautiful word that stands out in the chorus like an embossed print: friendliness

This season, we remember God’s ultimate act of kindness when he revealed the self-sacrificing meaning of friendship by creating a way for us to relate to Him, however, our relationship with God and our fellow human beings is not exclusive a responsibility but also an opportunity – even one worth celebrating in song. Friendship is only asked of us when life calls for food and drink, for we were created to need what we need enjoy what sustains our life can become a festival For we are made by him who wishes we had life and there is plenty

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