This transition week between Christmas and New Year’s . . . and the Old and the New Year is not unlike the Twilight Zone. For most of us, it can pass too quickly and we don’t recognize it’s significance.
For die-hard consumers, it’s a major shopping week. With Boxing Week sales, they lose no momentum from the pre-Christmas shopping flurry. Kid are mulling around the mall too, watching movies and hanging out, enjoying the two-week respite from the routine of school.
Even grown-ups who have to go to work don’t really get much done. Some business associates close for the week. Offices operate with a skeleton crew. Many coworkers are on vacation. Who has meetings between Christmas and New Year’s Day?
Before we begin the New Year with a bang and then scramble to fill our new calendars, get into the groove of new schedules, and perhaps consider a New Year’s resolution or two, let’s seize this week of transition to reflect on the year that has passed and take stock of our lives.
A year is a great expanse of time, but when it’s nearing it’s end, it may seem to have passed more quickly than the one before. This is an almost universal experience among busy adults. The older we are, the more accelerated seems the passage of each succeeding year.
There are times in our lives when we have much less to do – before and after the decades of raising our children – when our social calendars are not so busy – when we’ve finished school – and after we’ve retired. During these periods of pause, time can seem to slow down. We may have more opportunities to reflect (though we often do not).
But even during the busy years of our lives, when you consider the twelve months of the year – the events in your community: elections, riots, Grey Cup finals, parades; the milestones of your social life: births, deaths, engagements, breakups, weddings and the illnesses of friends and family members; what you accomplished at work or in class; the people you met; the challenges you faced; and growth or transformation in your relationships, you experienced a great deal!
It was a great expanse of time. Before we let it go, we can reflect on our experiences, our relationships, what we have gained, what we have lost, what we have survived, how we have grown and what we have accomplished together.
Before we launch full steam into the New Year, let’s take this week to appreciate the year that has been – together as a family , with your closest friends or in individual reflection.