Thursday, January 06, 2011

New Year, New You!

By James J. Gormley

New Year’s means change. It also means tradition, or that which doesn’t change.

Guy Lombardo
When I was little, the night of December 31st was not New Year’s Eve until I sat down with my parents to watch Guy Lombardo and His Montreal Canadians. It wasn’t New Year’s until my grandmother reminded me to put a shiny quarter out on the windowsill so that the new year would be prosperous, or until the ball dropped in Times Square.

There was no “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve,” and definitely no televised California New Year’s with fake snow and people jumping up and down for the cameras, screaming at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

New Year’s Eve was not always celebrated with drunken revelry and blasts from toy horns, however. In ancient times, and even in some mainstream religions today, the New Year is a time for reflection on the past and hope for the future.

New Year’s, today, can be a curious mixture of the old and the new, the completed and the yet to be. As we usher in this new year, let’s not feel like powerless beings swept along by the unrelenting forces of time.

Let’s embrace the New Year and its challenges. Whatever changes we are faced with, we can be the rulers over our lives. We can transform tragedy into positive energy. We can go forward, then, with a new perspective or a new appreciation for life, itself, and all that which makes it worth living.

Each of us has within ourselves the capacity for change, the capacity for (and right to) happiness and the power to take charge of our lives.

Let’s tap into these energies now, as we enter this new year.

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