It’s New Year’s Eve and I am thinking about what that means to me. To be honest, as I grow older, I am coming to realize that holidays are like a double-edged sword. While there is a joyful, celebratory side to look forward to, holidays seem to come with a lot of stress and anxiety. I am feeling a bit like that on New Year’s Eve. Like I am on the brink, balancing between the cheerful party atmosphere that is December 31, and the bleak and demanding abyss that may be January 1. It’s like BOOM, the happy holidays and season’s greetings are OVER. Now it’s time to think about taxes and resolutions and getting back to work. BLAH. And don’t get me started on the Mayan calendar and all the doomsday predictions for 2012. I feel my blood pressure rising.
In my head, I know that while we, as a society, place more importance upon certain days, the truth is that we don’t have to buy into any of the hype or be influenced by the meaning attributed to New Year’s Day (or any other holiday, for that matter). Take what you want from it, walk away from the rest. It has to feel true and right for you. So for me, I know that tomorrow will be a new day just as all my days have been new days at one point in time. And I know that I don’t have to make resolutions on January 1, just because it marks the beginning of a calendar year; I can make resolutions at any time in my life if I feel moved and determined to do so. And I can change the channel when those doomsday programs come on (I’ve seen too many already). They’ve probably already left some negative indelible mark on my psyche, and that’s no good! But, unfortunately, I do have to pay taxes, however I don’t have to stress over it or do anything about it on January 1.
In the meantime, I’ve discovered/rediscovered some thoughtful quotes to reflect on as I greet not only a new year, but also each new day. Maybe you’ll find them helpful, too. In each quote I have found a truth and a positive message. I think you’ll agree that the authors were exceptional individuals who shared their gifts and insights with the world.
I wish you a happy New Year and many happy days to come!
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some