Friday, January 2, 2009
Happy New Year.
As one year passes behind us, and a bright, shiny new year presents itself like a tipsy prom date with loads of potential, it is inevitable that we reflect on the year gone by while promising to make the new year better.
I don’t do that. I don’t go in for the resolutions, those promises to ourselves that we will suddenly change into the perfect human being. Don’t get me wrong. It is good to have goals. Getting healthier, being a better person, making better choices are all admirable traits to strive for. And we should strive for them all year. Making blanket declarations as December 31st turns to January 1st, knowing full well that those resolutions won’t last far beyond the dropping of the ball seems ridiculous and fated for failure. Make every day New Year’s day. Be a better person because you want to be.
One of my favorite Zen sayings comes from Zora Neale Hurston:
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
Which will this be for you?