So, as I am writing this the clock has struck midnight and the calendar turned to 2015 in some parts of the world….. and here we wait… For what? I don’t mean this cynically – but to encourage a moment of introspection.
Are you looking forward; hoping the New Year brings something truly “new”? Do you see the new year as an agent for change and plan to take on some resolution for the New Year?
Are you the nostalgic type that wonders where all the time went? I looked back on this year and thought, “Where did 2013 go?” (Yes, we are entering 2015, but that is how fast the time seemed to fly.)
Part way through the coming year, as you try to look back through the haze that was New Years Eve, wondering what happened to your resolutions, curious where the time went, perhaps ask yourself if it really requires a New Year to bring change. [Putting aside my personal preference towards using the notation of CE instead of AD], do we really need this day to remind us of what we want to make better in our lives. We are the agents of change, we are in control, and we should not need to depend on one day in the year to choose something better – when in reality, every day is a gift that we can maximize or squander. Isn’t it possible to attempt growth during some other astronomical occurrence? Does tearing off a page that says “December” to uncover the magical word “January” really make a difference? Is there something about this coming year that is inherently better than this past year?
Maybe it’s hope. Maybe it’s the unknown. Maybe it’s because we have not already wasted a single moment of it and the entire year is open to whatever we make it; a gift of limitless possibilities.
Perhaps it’s time to stop counting down to the coming year, or counting up from the last. Perhaps it’s time to stop counting altogether, and just live now. Every moment is an opportunity. Every moment is a gift. Less time counting leaves more time more time for doing. Why wait until next year, why worry about what hasn’t happened this past year. Just start, or take the next step… now.
So what was the catalyst to today’s rant? I just read a piece by Ivan Dimitrijevic on lifehack.org. “10 Things Everyone Always Forgets That Are More Important Than Their Job”. I am willing to forgive the hyperbole as the title got me to read the piece. Take a look. I’m not suggesting you do less at work. I’m giving tribute to Almo for recognizing that a “whole person” is better equipped to sustainably contribute professionally. The long haul requires a balance and I appreciate working for a company that has found a way to make work-life balance a reality instead of a catchphrase. The items in the link are a good place to start. Great years are made of great days; great days of great hours; great hours of great moments. Don’t wait for the calendar to change. You don’t need it. Don’t think you missed it because it’s never too late. Live every moment to its fullest and hopefully you will have your best year yet – both professionally, and personally.