As the sun sets on 2017, our eyes turn to the new year. 2018 promises us a chance to begin again, to wipe the slate clean. As we reflect on the past year, our achievements and blessings, our failures and disappointments, we resolve to be better, be healthier, happier, kinder, work harder, spend more time with family or in the gym. In a moment infused with champagne, with fireworks echoing in our ears and rose coloured glasses firmly in place, we make resolutions that will be lucky to survive a few weeks let alone a whole year.
What is it about a new year that creates this desire to make promises that secretly we know we will never keep? Most resolutions do not survive more than a couple of months – if that. Despite the best of intentions, bad habits are notoriously difficult to kick. I guess that’s why they are called bad habits. Yet every New Years Eve we trick ourselves into thinking we can make a complete 180 degree turn in the few minutes it takes to move from one year to the next.
And when our best made intentions fall beside the wayside, what then? Do we give up? Do we have to wait for another New Year’s Eve to try again? Do we watch the sun set on another year’s opportunity for change?
Well, actually, no.
The sun sets and rises each and every day. We don’t have to wait for another year to wipe the slate clean, turn over a new leaf or make a change for the better. When the sun sets at the end of the day, that day is gone. Finished. We put our failures, disappointments and frustrations behind us and when the sun rises the next day, we stretch, take a deep breath and start again.
Every day is a day to start again. Every day is a slate wiped clean. Every day is a chance to make a change, to take one tiny step on the road to being the person we really want to be. Instead of a complete 180 degree turn on one day of the year, which is doomed to fail, we could choose to take one small step each day for 365 days. And when we slip up, or fall short, tomorrow is a new day. We pick ourselves up and try again.
Tonight the sun will set on 2017. Tomorrow it will rise on 2018. What will the new year bring us? 365 new days. 365 sunrises. 365 sunsets. 365 opportunities to live with love, joy, gratitude, forgiveness and grace.
Wishing you not just a Happy New Year but 365 Happy New Days.