“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” –Rainer Maria Rilke
I love the thought of a new year, especially on December 31st, when I think of all I will accomplish now that the calendar page has turned. Like many perfectionists (read borderline OCDs), however, if I don’t have a clean start on January 1st, I’d might as well forget it, or wait for another “clean start” at the six month point on June 1st, or even the following year. But at this point of my life, I realize that I don’t have full years or even six month increments to waste waiting for a “clean start” that is nothing more than another unrealistic expectation keeping me from growing and changing in the ways I want to grow and change.
So yes, though I love the thought of a new year, I usually think in terms of a deficiency, another year gone and look at what I haven’t done. But today I am thinking of all the ways my life has changed over the past twelve months. Think of it. How have you changed in thoughts, attitudes, an actions in the last year? Hopefully the start of 2018 finds you in a place of positive change and of growth, but if not, no pressure. Accepting where you are at the start could be the first gift you give yourself this year, and the first step toward a better year ahead.
And what of resolutions? One of my plans was to start publishing something, anything, every Monday morning. Coincidentally, January 1st was a Monday… talk about a “clean start”! What could be more perfect?
Notice what day it is? Today is Friday, January 5th, and there’s no poetry or symmetry in that! But one of my resolutions is to just work hard toward my goals each day. I may have a lot of time or a little, but something is always better than nothing.
So with a year ahead “full of things that have never been,” I am going with the mantra of “something is better than nothing.” By taking the tiniest of steps over the last year, I have found myself in a strong and truly happy place. Where will more intentional, though possibly just as tiny, steps take me this year? Where will they take you?