AND Happy New Day

December 28th, 2014

We really are a fascinating species. Some people worry about aliens visiting our planet. I think if they came and watched us for any period, they would shake their heads and leave!

As we close out the year we call 2014 and ring in 2015, I find myself listening to many people who look forward to the rest they will allow themselves after the holidays. Holidays have become, for many, something to get through, a task list to be managed, something after which rest is possible. We miss the joy of the lights and laughter, special moments shared, and memories created.

We reflect on years as we end one and mark a date on the calendar to start anew. Expecting old patterns to somehow change, we start the exercise and weight loss programs, or other activities associated with health and sanity, only to abandon them as “more important things” distract us from keeping the focus on what we say is really important to us.

Our tendency to manage our lives to a calendar leaves little room for living. We overschedule and over-organize as if they were Olympic events for which we might get a gold medal. We ignore healthy choices until our bodies notify us that enough is enough. Why?

As we begin a new year, perhaps, if we must keep this focus on time, we could think instead of a new day. Instead of waiting for another year to end to be kinder, gentler, more empathic, or to laugh more and fret less, we could think of time as being no greater than a day in length. If one day is hectic and we feel less than our enlightened, lighthearted, and joyful selves, we might consider celebrating that that day has ended.

We can then begin a new day with what the kids call a “do-over”, filled the opportunity to respond to whatever comes our way according to the values we say we hold and qualities we want to bring to this world. AND perhaps, with a little practice, we can even abandon the focus on a day and move to recognizing that each moment is an opportunity to renew and recreate, if we choose.

So, in the spirit of completion and renewal, celebration and gratitude, Happy New Day, January 1, 2015 and every new day that follows. May we bring joy and peace to our own lives and the lives of others.

Thank you to all who have so generously touched my life. I look forward to all we create together in 2015.

One Response to “AND Happy New Day”

  1. Carolyn says:

    You are welcome! And thanks for the joy, clarity and friendships you have added to my life!

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