It’s been said that no one greets New Year’s Day with indifference. They are either eager and excited about what opportunities lie ahead or they are down and depressed that the future holds no such promise. Some think, “Is this as good as it gets? What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it’s all about?” But wait, listen to the words of the song. Maybe turning yourself around is what it’s all about.
Well, I’m not going to expound philosophically about a children’s game. I’m just going to say I’m in the first group. I love January 1! I spend the day organizing my new day planner, making lists of things I want to accomplish in the coming year. I set comfortable, do-able goals (i.e. nothing to do with weight loss). I also look over the achievements of the past year, giving practically zero attention to my failures. (I am aware that sounds shallow but what I mean is that I don’t count how many contests I entered, only how many I won.)
This sort of puts unmet goals in perspective. For instance, I planned to finish my current writing project during 2011 and yet I am only half-way through. But when I look at what happened instead I can’t feel too bad about it. That was a very ambitious goal anyway.
So, that’s my view of our brand new year. May yours be blessed beyond anything you can hope or imagine.