Welcome to January, a new month of the solar calendar for a new year of 2018. In thinking about this month’s newsletter, I could always write about inspiration, but that too gets to be the same old, as some people will respond to the question, “how are you?” I have always found that comment to be boring; however, that too is a judgment. In fact, everyday can be new for you depending on what you choose to focus in on. For example, your eyesight, or the way you can move your arms, legs, hands and body. It’s funny how we don’t normally think of our health as a primary gift of the first order for without it, our lives are certainly compromised.
Speaking of which in this month’s title, I thought about the word new. What makes a new year new? The numbers changing certainly, but that is true of everyday, for we have a new day and a new month. I have heard retired people tell me they wouldn’t know what day of the week it was if not for their calendars! Then too, I have heard similar comments from people too busy to know what is going on! We eventually come to wonder about the true meaning of time.
In fact, keeping time has been an age old custom told by sundials, where the shadow of the sun stood at a given time of day. Yet what are we to make of this admonishment, “happy new year?” Why would anyone say “sad new year?” On a very basic level, we are all drawn to that which adds a smile to our faces, lightness to our step, and joy to our days. That is the way of life, why most plants grow towards the sun, and yet some need more shade than others. So too is this true for us. In essence, I think every day is new and old at the same time. Kind of reminds me of the sentence in the Old Testament which says “there is nothing new under the sun.” However, it is new for us if it is the first time we have ever experienced it. Life gets recycled every day for an infinity of time.
It’s hard to imagine when you look at a photograph from about a hundred years ago of the city you are living in and see what it once looked like. In that same respect, everything changes, and everything stays the same. But one wonders what really changes and what does stay the same? Certainly achievements and inventions that have made marvels of our life experience like airplanes, electricity, cars, computers and many other conveniences we have come to rely upon as necessities. Yet, depending on where one lives in the world, life can be pretty simple and uncomplicated.
In closing, might I suggest that you find something to appreciate everyday that allows you not to ever take your life for granted? That practiced indeed would be a novel one, no? I look forward to your comments and questions as always. Best for us all in 2018 at least.