1/26/2019 0 Comments
By: Nancy LaMar-Rodgers
All That’s New
After the much anticipated holidays begin to wind down, January waits for us to come to that place of calm. January is of course the New Year but it is more than that. It is the month that allows for reminiscence, remembrance and rebirth. The world seems to take a collective breath in January so as to take stock of what has come before and the possibilities of what is to come.
Make a Resolution Not to Make a Resolution
The word resolution is defined as: a decision or determination to do something.
While the new year demands us to take stock of what we have accomplished in the past year, it does not force us to make demands of ourselves that we know are impossible to accomplish, (think 40pds in a month, forgiveness across the family spectrum, oh and yes a new rewarding career) Yes, goals are good. They help us keep focused on what we want to change in our lives, but goals can be tricky. What is it about January 1st that makes us all rush to come up with a new-fangled way to approach our everyday life? What if this January, instead of making a resolution we take a moment to reframe, reflect and relive? Think of the day, not as a new day of making more demands, but a day to refresh the spirit by reaching around and patting oneself on the back for all that has been accomplished. Even the quintessential New Year’s Eve song Auld Lang Syne asks us not to forget what has come before.
When the Pressure is Off
Set your sights on Ground Hog’s Day. It’s the perfect in between to the hangover of the holiday season and the impending nourishment of spring. February 2nd just happens to be my father’s birthday and he always got such a kick out of the groundhog notion. “Shadow or no” he would say, Mother Nature is going to do what she wants to do. Maybe we should all take a cue from the Great Spirit and live each day that is given to us, without demands, without assumptions, without disregard. Make January a new year but more importantly make it a new approach to how you begin each new day.
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