It’s A New Year

Yup, another one has gone, and another is here. I am nothing short of grateful to God. It’s been a series of interesting experiences the past year. I chopped off my hair, moved for masters, had a tougher time adjusting than I thought I would. There was some emotional drama, new discoveries, and a great time with my family. All in all, God has been good! I look forward to what this new year will bring.

I wrote something at the start of last year (exactly a year today actually) and sent it to my closest friends. I think it still applies, and probably will every year. I’d like to share it here as well.

Everybody was hugging, congratulating each other, and wishing themselves “happy new year”. I stood in a kind of anti-climax bubble. So, this was it. This was the New Year, just like that. Time had not stopped to take a breath; there was no pause, no break. The second hand just kept on moving. This second of the year, being no different from all the others in the year, had moved as seamlessly into the next as is the custom (of seconds). We were still the same people, wearing the same clothes, standing in the same spots we had before the year had begun; the same people, a new year.

On the eve of the New Year a friend of mine asked what resolutions I had. I told him I had none. He responded, “There’s nothing you want to change?” I told him there was nothing I wanted to change, just things I wanted to improve on. I have never been big on resolutions. Why don’t they work? At least, they do not seem to work for me. By March, I have usually forgotten what I had resolved to do. While I stood in the midst of the crowd , things became a bit clearer to me.

As a new year begins, the person is still the same one who ended the year. I think we would all like to believe that all of a sudden we have become brand new creatures; but we are still the same. So the person with that habit, or the one who is tired of his/her situation, or whatever, is still the same. I have heard insanity being defined as doing the same thing the same way, again and again, expecting a different result. I think a lot of us fall into that category. Now, I’m not calling us insane, I’m just saying that we need to realise that doing the same things the same way will never yield the result we hope to see.

The situation, challenge, or habit will probably remain the same; you are still the same. So, we can be pretty sure there will be no change or improvement. The only way I believe we can make that change for sure is allowing ourselves to change, instead of waiting on the other thing to miraculously change, or go away or whatever. The only thing we have complete power over is our will; and we should make the best use of it.

We have the will to “change” ourselves, transform our minds, and our way of thinking. I believe this is where we all need God, because sticking to our resolution to make our resolutions happen is not easy at all. And we all, okay, let me speak for myself, I tend to be lazy and procrastinate. So, with His help and with our different approach to the challenge, we can overcome the situation and learn something new. Even if things don’t work out as planned, there is still room for change and adjustment, thank God. This New Year can be different, it can be better.

Have a great one, people!

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