Mandy Johnston: Instead of wallowing, we should embrace a bit of positivity for 2014
GOD never closes one door but he opens another one. As we close the door on 2013 surely the most positive political, economic and social development was Ireland's exit of the EU-IMF bailout. The Government will pray that in closing this door, God will open others for us. And soon!
In terms of public perception, the EU-IMF bailout programme seems akin to jumping in to the Irish Sea on a freezing January morning. All the pain comes when you plunge in. Shocked and submerged in the frosty waters, at first you think you might die. And then there is nothing to do but swim. Or sink. So you keep splashing as best you can until it's time to get out.
It should feel considerably better once you emerge from the water but the pain lasts beyond the sea's wandering waves. Instead of immediate warmth and relief you find yourself shivering on the shore, clinging to your towel like a baby to their blanket. We were all plunged in, but we will step out shivering and shocked. The experience and its effects will last for many moons and tides to come.