The calendar is waning. Christmas is over. Retailers are rushing us into the next holiday. There is work to be done, but most meetings are cancelled. The work pace is easy and there is opportunity to get organized and ready to go. I spent some time today closing out a few files for 2013.
It’s hard not to begin planning for 2014. Over the last week it has been so wonderful to gear-down that I don’t want to go rushing into the New Year. I’d like to ease into it, choose my goals wisely and roll from there.
Yes, I used the dirty word, “goals”. We will talk about that later. For now, let’s just spend some more time with family and play with our new things we got for Christmas.
I’m pretty sure that January first is the most optimistic day of the year. For most it’s a holiday; a day without a schedule. One person wrote that it was their first “stress-free” day of the year. Unlike starting a new page on the calendar, we start a new calendar, 365 days free from all the obligations that will come with the reality of tomorrow.
Today, many will make resolutions and set goals; some of which will stick and they will be better for it. No one ever resolves to take up a bad habit or sets a goal to gain 10 pounds. The resolutions and goals are positive changes of general self-improvement.
Today we look forward with hope with tunnel vision toward the good that coming days will bring. Will all of the days be as “stress-free” as today? Not a chance. But today there is hope for more good days than bad; more successes than failures and wisdom enough to appreciate both.