The holidays are over. The bills are not paid. The 10 pounds you lost in June are back and hanging on for dear life. The sunny days help you get out of bed, and the rainy and snowy days make you fall in love with your flannel sheets. You hear through the grapevine that your ex, you know the one who you so desperately wanted to call on New Year’s Eve does something to remind you why you dodged a bullet by lounging on the couch watching that one last holiday movie and passing out in a half gallon of ice cream or surrounded by the remaining alcohol carnage. The nerves about holiday parties, and how we will look at them, and what our families will think of our significant other and what he or she will think of our families fades into a dim shadow of confusion about why we were so concerned in the first place. The resolutions are made, lose weight, be nicer, spend more time with family and friends, get a new job, quit smoking/drinking, start to meditate, take a class, you get the picture. Every Monday for the next three months is that “new day”, that new time in your life to begin again, start over and make yourself better.
What is it about a new year that makes people question the very essence of who they are or their habits, their lifestyles or daily lives. Is it the fact that we are told that we can reinvent ourselves, take those parts of us that we feel are lacking and make them socially or personally acceptable? That’s one way to look at it.
Perhaps it is because every new year is the universe’s way of reminding us to keep moving forward. We remain so stagnant in our day to day that we forget that existence is always evolving and it needs us all to participate to make it progress and change.
If not for a resolution, who among us would think to plant a garden, or join a spin class to feel better and make new acquaintances or try to finance better thereby relieving stress and putting good positive energy into the world! A new year is a mark of progress, of continuity.
As we go into 2014, perhaps if we see those extra 10 pounds as a means to use new energy and healthy living to make our bodies a temple for our light, rather than a distraction from it, to enlighten the world with our new vibes, or start to budget better so that we find ourselves able to donate five dollars a week to our favorite charity, or take that foreign language class so we can be better qualified to work with a larger population of people, or quit smoking to ensure that we will undoubtedly add vitality and spunk to our daily lives, or make it a point to pray to our personal God or Gods or thank the universe for all its given us before our feet touch the floor in the morning or rise from it at night, we will see New Year’s Day not as a reminder or our blunders but as a milestone to show us that we are all a work in progress and that the world is counting on us to provide it with the best of ourselves, mind, body and soul! Happy 2014!