New beginning

We like the idea of New Year which we define next to a new and repetitive chance to do what we haven’t done, to succeed where we have failed, to improve.  Hence the enthusiasm and symbolism of New Year’s Eve.  We see it as a door through which we will go as a different person, obviously better, bolder, more aware, more balanced, more efficient, more ….  And the list of these traits consists in fact of the opposite traits of our own intimate opinion about previous performance. So we do analyze ourselves somehow …

Some fill in a serious and formal balance sheet and evaluate obtained results.  They analyze every notable event of the previous year, with pluses and minuses, with intentions and results.  Others simply and concisely express in generic terms their impressions in a couple of words.

Some draft a minute budget for next year with various expense items, while others continue to believe that somehow their budget will be aligned with their needs and possibilities.

In fact, regardless of the method, during these days of presumed end and beginning we all evaluate and estimate our capabilities and desires to be better off.  That is the evaluation of germinated seeds from the past and the future blossoming buds. The past and the future.

Think about that for a moment. Do you have activities you participate in which are remnants of previous goals? Are there things you are doing (even today) which do not reflect your current interests and ambitions? Sometimes we get so caught up in making a living that we forget to design a life. Do you realize that you must aim directly at your target in order to hit it? What are you aiming at? Where do you want to be at the end of 2012? How about at the end of 2022?

The famous New Year resolutions are usually ambitious and profound and they genuinely represent our most imperative wishes.  They sketch the journey for the next 365-366 days.  Unfortunately the élan and importance of the decision moment don’t last long enough to make wishes come alive.  And we forget times and again that simply expressing a wish is just the first step and that flower buds don’t appear and blossom without care, attention, patience and consistency.  Ask any gardener.

Our Roman ancestors gave us the name of the first month of the year, from Janus – a god with two faces one looking at the past, the other one looking at the future.  Reflection and planning are the two faces of reasoning deliberately oriented towards the past and the future.  We should invoke and obey more often this Janus god on more occasions than the glittering New Year’s Eve.  All 365-366 days could contribute to blossoming, and flower buds could be a treat not just on New Year’s Eve.

Many happy (buds) returns of the day!