Here we are again…at the beginning of a brand new year. Twelve whole months ahead of us is a daunting prospect indeed. What are we going to do with all that time? Most people tend to make resolutions that quickly fall to the wayside or large emphatic propositions that completely and utterly fail not long into the New Year.
With the end of 2014, stuff many of us begin to take stock and assess what we actually accomplished in the year that just passed us by. We become reflective and nostalgic, see as we sometimes have to face the disappointment, disillusionment and discouragement of what we did or did not do in the year we just finished. For some, there was so much pain, suffering, and loss that they couldn’t get to the New Year fast enough. The year 2014 was literally the worst year of their lives. For some, it was a pretty good year full of new and emerging relationships, business ventures, or possibility. And, for others, it was completely inconsequential, because literally nothing changed; they remained in limbo – no better, no worse.
The thing about the New Year is that there is the possibility that we can all hit the reset button. We have an opportunity to take personal responsibility over our own lives and change something that needs to be changed. We can, if even for a moment, hope for the best, believe that change is possible, or give way to our rising expectation that things will be better this year. There is a small window through which we can allow our imagination to re-envision something better, something more than we are in the present, and look forward to what might be possible in the future.
There are those who would rather take the more pessimistic or realistic stance that January is just another month. It follows December but holds no real significant distinction except as an arbitrary measurement that designates December as the end and January as the beginning of a calendar year. And there is much controversy around the calendar year as to its various renditions namely the Lunar Calendar, the Roman Calendar, or the Egyptian and Gregorian Calendars to acknowledge just a few. Time is something, however, that marches on no matter how you choose to measure it. We observe this as a universal truth as we watch babies grow into toddlers, youths grow into teenagers, and as baby boomers grow into retirees. Hope is a feeling of expectation and a desire for a certain thing to happen. As we move from 2014 to 2015, we can have hope – a chance moment to redirect ourselves, to re-envision our possibilities and re-frame some of our goals and aspirations. No matter how small or simple our wishes and desires may be, we all should embrace the opportunity to take stock of ourselves in this fleeting moment and make some type of change or set some plan in motion that our next year might be better than our last one. One small intentional step towards a positive change in your life could set you up for tremendous success as we begin a new year. What do you have to lose? Make the most out of the window of opportunity that has opened…you have a whole year in front of you.
Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D.
Founder and Artistic Director
The Conciliation Project and
Virginia Commonwealth University
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