December 31

Today's quotation:

A new year can begin only because the old year ends.

Madeleine L'Engle

Today's Meditation:

The most important part of these words to me is the idea of us allowing the old year to end.  If we really want to move into the new year in fresh and exciting ways, then don't we have to leave the old year behind?  Can we make a clean start on a year while we're carrying the baggage of yesterday around with us?  What we did yesterday is now gone, and what we do today very soon will be in the past.  When tomorrow comes, I hope to live that day on its terms, and not try to bring today into the mix.

Of course, years don't end at all except in the artificial human construct of time.  To trees, January first means nothing at all, for trees live each moment as it happens.  We humans, though, are obsessed with the idea of time, and we like to see time clearly and strictly defined.  But just because we define time doesn't mean that we leave yesterday's affairs with yesterday--we like to mix yesterday's problems with those of today, making this day even more confusing.

Madeleine makes sense, though, when she points out the importance of the old year ending.  When a movie ends, it's over.  We can carry its memory with us, but it is over.  When a year ends, we can allow it to be over, but most of us don't do so.  Rather, we keep thinking about mistakes we made or problems we had, effectively bringing them into the new year with us.  But we don't have to do so.

When today comes to an end, I sincerely hope that I can put this past year behind me and focus on what tomorrow brings into my life.  If I can do that, then next year will start with a very positive focus and without many of the worries and concerns that certainly don't need to be there.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people carry their yesterdays into today?

What does it take to allow a year to end?

How can you make sure that your new year starts out in very positive ways?

For further thought:

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. 
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.

Brooks Atkinson

   
  

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