Thank goodness for New Years!
Can you imagine what our lives would be like if every year blended into the next? A lot of people would miss staying up late, dancing and celebrating, but as a parent, that’s no longer a priority on December 31st.
A New Year is universally observed. I enjoy the renewed energy and hope I see all around me in the first few weeks of the year. We wish, “Happy New Year!” to friends, family and strangers without worrying about offending anyone who may not believe in New Years.
And without a New Year, we wouldn’t be going through the ritual of opening an empty, new calendar and filling it with our new routines, appointments and social engagements.
The new calendar represents a new beginning – albeit artificial, or is it?
We have a chance to reflect on our routines: how we work and play, who we hang out with and how we look after the business of our day to day lives. We may think about living a little differently and making some positive changes.
We can get stuck in a routine way of living. We all have our bad habits, and it can be tough to overcome the inertia that keeps us doing the same things day after day.
The freshness of a New Year can give us the enthusiasm to begin anew. Tomorrow will be a new start. A new day in a new year.
But in a few weeks or a few months, when 2012 no longer feels so fresh, when we’ve fallen back into routine and when the thought of change seems too much of an effort, let’s not forget that every day is a new day – and another opportunity for self-discovery, happiness and ever greater happiness.