New Year’s resolve

The time to start is now ...

The time to start is now …

Didn’t last year go quickly?

How often do we say that?

Usually we say it because there’s things we wanted to do but haven’t and there’s only a few months left. Does that mean we have the same goals for next year? What will we tell ourselves when New Year’s Eve rolls around?

On New Year’s Eve we look to the future. It’s often with a sense of relief that we turn from the retrospect of the last days of the old year and greet the New Year with enthusiasm. Turn the page; things will be different this year!

For some it can be a time of great celebration for a year well lived with progress and achievement. For others, it’s a time of regret for what we didn’t quite get around to during the year.

Was it a great year, or just a waste of time?

It’s rarely that black or white. However, the end of the year brings our progress, or lack thereof, into sharp report. It’s the one time of year when most hold themselves accountable for the slippage of time and the things that may have been. We’re one year older and, for many, a slice of the dream has crumbled away from the big picture life plan. And it comes back to time.

A year’s an appropriate length of time to mark our journey through the world. Our age is readily linked to our progress and used as a comparison point against others. A year is long enough to achieve many things but short enough to quickly pass beneath us as we get caught up in the daily activity of living.

‘I just don’t know where this year has gone’ is a familiar cry as the year draws to a close. ‘It will be different next year’ … but it rarely is. We’re already half way through January. There’s never a better time to start/continue/do something than right now. What are you waiting for?

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One Response to “New Year’s resolve”

  1. adamnrave Says:

    Nicely said, WLBB. I always find NY bitter sweet. Regret for the old. Anxiety at the new. That’s just my glass half smashed and shards in my feet view of the world. Anyway, this year, I’m making an effort to sit down and shut up and get on with it. Rather than specific resolutions, that generic resolution is helping me do the things I want to do. Thanks for the advice!

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