Happy new year!

I saw this on Facebook and my first reaction was a laugh. You know how they say the definition of a new-year’s-resolution is a to-do list for January….

I then read the list and it struck me. If you don’t work on your “resolutions” they tend to get worse. Which got me thinking about why they are called New Year resolutions. My own reasoning is that it is easy to start measuring your progress on the first day of a calendar year. It’s been x days, really easy to see on our electronic calendars.

That of course made me think some more, until I had to write. Happy 2018 everyone!

Here we are at the beginning
Of a new year
Celebrations are still on going,
People are all (still) of good cheer

So we have a blank slate,
A new notebook, a fresh start
Hopefully we can let go of the things
That have been weighing down our heart

Take a blank calendar and fill in the things
That matter to you and brings a smile
Life is too short
Don’t waste it on doing that is isn’t worthwhile

Think back to the past, what could you have changed?
What would the result have been?
If it’s something you can still do,
Maybe you owe it – to you

Before we know it, we’ll be back to the old normal
I for one have had enough of that
I want a change, I want to enjoy what I have worked for
At the end of this year, I want to say I achieved

It’s a bit of a cliche but still so true
If you don’t know where you are going
How do you know when you are there?
How do you know what you have is what you want?

Life must surely be worth more than we can see
A few actors on the television of life
Can not dictate what I can do and be
This year less interference, definitely less strife

This is my year of implementation
When I take what I have learnt and read
And only let positive thoughts
Live in my head

It’s not going to be easy, but of this I am sure
By knowing what I want
I know what has to be done, what I will have to endure
No matter the challenge, risk or reward

A fresh start

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

–   Mary Pickford

I seem to never think about it before the time, but I love the 1st of September – it’s Spring Day and that day always symbolises a fresh start to me.

It’s almost like New Year’s day, but without the new year’s resolutions.  At the beginning of the year, one is full of good intentions, loads of things you are, and of course are not, going to do.  But if we are honest, most of that doesn’t last.

Spring day is different.  To me it’s when I take a deep breath and look back on it being one hell of a stressful, hectic, busy year so far.  And yes, every year is the same, because that is how life is.  On this day, instead of beating myself up over the things I have either not done, or have done when maybe I shouldn’t have, I think of the positive, the things that did work out, the successes, the good to be alive moments.

Maybe it’s the symbolic thing of being the end of winter, (there will be a few more cold days, there always are and it always catches us, the sneaky thing) when the mood lifts with the weather, maybe it’s because the talk moves to how many weeks until the end of the year.  I guess it could be different things to different people.

All I know is, I feel like it’s my new beginning and so to you, may you have a happy spring day and a fresh start.

Until next time, take care and be good to yourself first and then to others.