I am so excited for the new year! Are you?
New years are fun because it feels like a way to start all over again, re-evaluate your life and create those great resolutions that you probably won’t fulfill. Gyms are crowded with those people who resolved to lose weight right now, and self-help bloggers are seeing a peak in their site views and subscriptions.
But all of that goes away round about the end of January, doesn’t it?
I don’t make new years resolutions. Not because I think I won’t fulfill them, but because I’m always thinking about ways to improve my life or be a better person, or whatever. I don’t need a new year to do that. But I still like the new year, for the “newness” of it anyhow. I like listening to the resolutions other people have made and the new resolve they have–even if it does only last for a month. There’s always a renewed sense of hope around this time of year.
This got me to thinking about how we can maintain that sense of hope. And it goes back to the way I think about my own life. That, EVERY DAY needs to be like a new year to you. Every day is a new day, after all. It’s a fresh start. It’s a new opportunity to try something new, or just to pause and be glad. Every day that we have is a gift. A new day to be alive is not always promised us. A new day is an opportunity to show others you love them, to tell them you love them, to reach out to someone that you’ve never reached out to before.
So don’t get stuck on the new year. Don’t reserve your resolutions for once every 365 days. Instead, remember everyday that something is new. The day is new. Live as though you recognize that fact.