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.