we come closer to the New Year, it might be nice to
re-examine just why we make such a big deal about the
passage from one day to another. My instinct tells
me that it may be because we put a lot of pressure on this
new year in our lives--we expect it to bring the changes
that we want to see in our lives, to bring us the
opportunities that we long to have, to bring us the hope
that we might find hard to find.
the new set of days isn't going to bring any such
thing. The new year doesn't bring anything with
it--in fact, on the scale of the universe I'm pretty sure
that there's not even any such thing as time. After
all, our planet rotates on its own pace, in its own
directions, all by itself, all the time. And there's
no indication at all that our planet measures its journey
at all. There's no evidence at all that plants and
animals think of the concept of time, much less plan and
live their lives by it.
on the New Year can be fun. New Year's Eve parties
can be a lot of fun. New Year's resolutions can be
important and helpful to us. But we must keep in
mind always that our main focus should always be on right
now, this present moment, and how we're living it.
If we keep our focus on tomorrow or yesterday, we're
sabotaging the present, aren't we? And we're setting
ourselves up for the possibility of making mistakes right
now that we really don't want to make, rather than keeping
our attention in the present so that we can avoid them.
New Year won't bring you anything. Its coming isn't
a cause for celebration. All that can come into your
life comes from you and your own perspective on life, your
own efforts at work and in relationships, your own
acceptance of your life and all that it holds. Enjoy
the parties, but don't give too much power to the New
Year, for all of the potential that's in that year is in
you already, just waiting for you to let it out.