“Time has no divisions to mark its passage; there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins, it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.” ~ Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain …
It is rather peculiar that out of all the creatures of this Earth, it is only us, humans, who tend to place so much emphasis on the transitional periods, when in truth, all time is equally important. For example, the two minutes between December 31, 1999 at 11:59pm and January 1, 2000 at 12:00am have just as much potential as the next two minutes of our lives. And as this year comes to a close, perhaps it would be beneficial to re-examine the reasons for celebrating the passage of time in our lives.
This past year, my family and I decided to work on becoming healthier and losing some weight, and over the last several months, we have lost more than a combined 60 pounds. The thing is, though, we did not resolve to live healthier lives on New Year’s Day. In actuality, I do not even know the real date or time in which we made this decision, other than it was in April. Now I am not trying to downplay the power of a New Year’s resolution, rather, I am trying to illustrate that we do not need to wait until New Year’s Day to initiate positive changes in our lives.
Many of us have high expectations of the coming year. Perhaps there are new opportunities available for us, or important changes that we would like to see in our lives. Honestly, I think a lot of the excitement surrounding this period in our lives each year is the presence of hope, the possibility that we can empower ourselves with courageous resolve and have perhaps the best chance of realizing the changes we seek. And while the festivities and celebration can be fun, it is important that we keep in mind the present moment and how we are living it. We can take examples from the universe, the Earth, and all its other inhabitants, for they do not concern themselves with such a limiting concept as time. The here and now… that is where our focus is needed most.
The New Year will not bring us anything that we could not have discovered at any other period in time, even right now. Everything that comes into our lives originates from us and our own perspectives, our own efforts, and our own acceptance of life; all the potential of the upcoming year is already there within us, waiting for us to discover it and let it out.
Make a positive change in your life, every new day like you resolve for a New Year.
Questions to consider:
Why do we often wait for changes to occur from outside rather than focusing on creating the change from within through our own thoughts, attitudes, and actions?
Have you ever felt that a new year can bring you change? Why?
What true purpose do New Year’s celebrations serve in our lives?
For further thought:
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” ~ Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons