First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I've seen some mention online about how New Year's Eve is just another day, a random selection of one day per year to indicate a change in restarting the cycle of the rotation of the Earth around the Sun.
I've seen people talking about making New Year's resolutions.
I've seen people talking about not making New Year's resolutions.
Where does that leave us?
New Year's is arbitrary? Or not? Resolutions are necessary, or not? Desired, or not? Useful or not?
We cannot avoid having a day during the year that the cycle starts over again. Its seasonal, we cannot miss it. It just happens. We note it. Some of us hang on to it like the last thread in a sheet being pulled off of us on our bed. We are looking forward to the new coolness, of Winter; or the new warmness, of Summer.
So we might as well all set a common date for this new beginning of the year where another cycle is beginning anew. We might as well all choose to acknowledge the same date each year where we can consider the end to an old cycle and the beginning of a new one.
So how should we acknowledge a rebirth of the seasonal cycles? Should we? As it affects us all so personally, and the changes are so vast in most places, I think we should. Why not? And if we are going to, we might as well make good use of it.
Should we make resolutions? Or not? Obviously, its up to the individual. But considering how many people don't follow through on their resolutions, then, what's the use? It just becomes a useless ritual serving no purpose. And that I think, is why many people think they are a waste of time. And I would agree.
So, let's have a New Year's Eve. Let's celebrate out the past year, and bring in a new one. I'm all for a party, community, and a reason to boost our intentions and hopes, desires and dreams. Let's take some time to think about what has happened over the past year since the last time we did this. Let's also try to make as much use of this as possible. Don't make a resolution, unless you are really going to stick to it. Don't even waste time thinking about it, unless you find it useful.
But at very least, take the time to celebrate your efforts and trials over this past year. Take some separate time to consider, just what your intentions may be for this coming year. Consider, just what you want to achieve? Think about what goals would you like to see through to the end.
When you are walking long distance in the middle of now where, much like traveling through time as we do, because really, we don't know where we are headed, and its so easy to miss your mark if you are not paying attention; then, pick a place far before you, and choose to make it to that marker. In the wilderness, you would choose a marker, a point before you that you can aim for, and if you veer off from it, you adjust your course and make for it again, more precisely.
So to, in our desires for the future, even if for only during the next year, you can do the same. But you don't have to make it a resolution, just a point in time where you can see if you are on the same path you have chosen for yourself. We need short turn goals, middle and long term ones. New Year's is an excellent time to choose your short term goals.
Look over your thoughts in a few months, at least, say at the 4th of July, while celebrating the birth of our nation, revisit these thoughts and see, are you on that path still? Have you changed it, if so, update yourself, but do so consciously. Too many of us just wander through Life aimlessly. We think we have a goal, a direction, but we just go to work, come home, kiss the family hello, eat, go to bed, get up, do it all over again.
Just be sure you know why, where you are headed and work to attain, only what it is you really wanted and if you still want it. Sometimes, you get off the path, for good reason. But in the back of your mind, you are still going for your original goal, so you find yourself conflicted without even knowing it.
And so, having at least one day a year, to evaluate your life, really, isn't a bad thing.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the happiness that you can bring into your Life, to share with those you love, those you like, and all the rest of us sharing this world with you.