And the year was…
This year I am not waiting. I find that after the Christmas holiday festivities are done, thoughts turn to the New Year. New Year’s Eve is approaching: what will you change?
I am not one for New Year’s resolutions. When I was younger I did this, and it was always the same. Lose 10 lbs, be happier, get a life. Pretty simple stuff.
I know that New Year’s Eve is just a day, an eve, and it is only my mind that tells me that I cannot make a significant decision to change on another day. If I need to reflect back, it is a fluid representation. I don’t box in my attempts. I can look back and see my challenges, but I do not have to wait until a New Year to start making changes.
I understand the symbolism of turning over a new calendar month and it also becoming a new year. It is like a fresh start but the symbolism is our creation.
Today, I hope to send back a DVD that I received in the mail. I ordered it through the Zip.ca online service. I pay a fee to receive a certain amount of DVDs in the mail each month. I get another DVD when I send one back. I never watch the DVDs when they arrive and end up paying month’s worth of subscriptions for a single DVD. I need to cancel the subscription but I need to also send back this one DVD. But first I need to watch the DVD, so I feel like I am getting my money’s worth. I don’t want to wait until the month’s end, New Year’s Eve, to cancel the subscription. I can do it now.
I used to feel that life was all about waiting. I was waiting to grow up, I was waiting to start living, I was waiting for the kids to get older and things to get easier. I often still think this. But I am also seeing that I don’t have to push through everything so quickly to get to somewhere else. There is no time line to follow. I can change things. I can do it now.
The eve of the New Year is a time when we assess what has gone by and recognize our growth. I think that it is useful to take stock of our accomplishments. However, I like that we can make changes at any time of the year. The choice is ours. We can change when we feel so inspired.
And for that I am grateful.
This is a post in my mini-series, “Gratitude on Wednesdays.” Most Wednesdays I like to write about something I’m grateful for and I encourage you to comment and tell me the same. It’s the little things that can make a difference in our life, so here’s a gentle reminder to keep paying attention.
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Today’s Attitude of Gratitude is for…
1. lunch date with someone I see so rarely but can understand so completely
2. easy parking spots downtown
3. that moment before the door opens and you see your Love is home
4. the kids being compassionate and empathetic
5. being able to close the door.
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