With the start of every New Year there often comes the feeling that we are being given a chance to begin anew, to write on a fresh new slate. All around us there is encouragement to make some changes and improvements to our lives, our routines, ourselves.
We call these plans our New Year’s Resolutions. We have great intentions to commit to them. We get off to a great start, full of hope and determination.
Commonly, within a few weeks or a couple of months we have fallen off the resolution band wagon and perhaps even forgotten what it even was we’d thought we were going to continue all year long.
There are two things I find note-worthy about New Year’s Resolutions.
Firstly, I find it interesting and a little strange that we seem to feel almost compelled to make a change effective from the 1st January.
Why do we need the special date to begin?
If it’s something that we actually want to do, then why don’t we just get on with it?
What’s wrong with beginning on say, February 11th, or October 26th?
I have often told myself that I will start things at the beginning of the following week, or month, rather than right now when the idea has struck me. Are exercise programmes or healthy eating regimes, etc. really more effective if started on a Monday, or the first day of the month?
To address the issue of when to begin, we only need to look a little further than New Year to realise that the whole year is actually full of new beginnings we could utilise.
We all have a birthday that signifies our own personal new year of course. Anniversaries of marriages, new jobs and new homes are all the chance for a fresh start.
Other new starts we can add to our list are the beginning of each season. Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring give us four more opportunities to start afresh.
Every month starts with a new day, as does every week. If we continue this one step further we can see that, in fact, every single day is a brand new start for each and every one of us.
Another day to write the next page of our life story upon, as we shape our days, weeks, months, years and lives as we want them to be.
The other question I have is why we so often choose things that we feel we ought to, rather than taking up something that we truly desire to include in our lives.
Imagine how much easier resolutions would be to keep, if they were ‘to eat cake every Wednesday afternoon’, or ‘to spend an hour (or two) each Sunday evening in a bubble bath with a great book and a fine wine’.
I think I could stick to those resolutions months longer than the usual ‘eat less, exercise more’ ones, that basically instruct me to do less of what I want to do and more of what I don’t.
It is up to us to resolve to create our own version of a life well-lived, one that is authentic, meaningful and precious to us.
So, for those of you who are looking to make a change or two, including those of you who did so on January 1st and have already forgotten what they were, I conclude…
Do what you love and start today.
Leave me a comment below and tell me one thing that you love that you want to include in your life this year.