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 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. 


18 thoughts on “And the year was…

  1. I like the beginning of a new year for, as you pointed out, a way to assess where I’ve been and where I’m going. Yes, you can do it year round, but sometimes it takes a major holiday for me to slow down and pay attention!

    • It’s so true that often we don’t want to slow down and focus on something — especially ourselves! So having a date on the calendar gives some structure.
      Plus, I think it’s the energy of everyone else trying to make those changes at the same time that can get us into the mood a little easier. (Even if, like I see at the gym every January, those changes only last 6 weeks.)

  2. I too am grateful that we can choose to make a change in our lives. I have toomany monthly charges that I don’t use that I need to drop from my bank account. I have also resolved to work to make this world a safer place for people by working to eliminate the sale of assault-type guns and multiple-round clips of ammunition. The first week in January I will take the first action (besides signing petitions) by visiting my local Walmart store manager and giving him or her a flier asking that they stop the sale of these items in their store and that they pass this message along to their boss. It’s time to not just talk about what I believe but to actually do something.

    • As Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world” and you are doing it! It’s so easy to be angry but complacent about our society.
      I also agree with you on the monthly bank charges. All those little things add up. Pesky.

  3. Tania,
    I used to play the waiting game. Wait for a better job, wait for things to get better in a relationship, wait to feel comfortable when____. Nothing changed my perspective more than when I realized NOW was the time to live. I love the Ghandi quote and I also love John Lennon’s when he said “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”.
    Great post!

  4. I love a new year. There’s something so hopeful and expectant about an official “new beginning.” While I do realize every day has the potential for change, and all we really have is now, I still love knowing it’s the first day of a new year.

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