As I mentioned the other day, there is nothing magical about turning the calendar to a new year. The beginning of January does not erase current situations, ongoing projects, or existing problems.
There is something about the fresh start of a new year that brings reflection -- a summing up and moving forward kind of feeling.
For me, the beginning of a new year is a time to . . .
Where am I? And where do I want to be heading?
Ideally, I'd do this reflecting before turning the calendar over to January. Y'know? To be ready to hit the ground running when the ball drops? But that never seems to happen for me. (I blame the hub-bub of the holidays.)
So January . . . serves as my time of reflecting.
It's great to look back over the just-finished year -- to face last year's mistakes and disappointments; to leave guilt or despair behind; to get closure on projects or ideas; to assess what worked - and what didn't.
It's also a perfect opportunity to pause -- to just breathe; to allow my mind to wander; to read poetry; to clear some space for new thoughts and ideas.
All of this helps me gain perspective -- on who I am now, and where I want to head next.
And, although I don't really set any "resolutions" for myself, I certainly do set intentions -- for how I want to live and what I want to especially focus on during the upcoming year.
I guess it's a good thing January is so gloomy and long! It gives me plenty of time to reflect. . .
Enjoy the weekend.