I’m all for burying the old and heralding the new.
Any reason for hope and celebration? Count me in!
Yet, as an Indian, it baffles me that we privilege the Western construct of the New Year over the different dates and traditions indicated by our cultures.
I’m also stumped by the naivete that one can truly expect Jan 1 to be different from Dec 31, the previous day. 2018 and 2019 are mere numbers unless we make it different.
What also bewilders me is that it takes a ‘construct’ to trigger man’s inner clock to pause and take a good, hard look at his own life.
I don’t look at the date and decide whether or not to evaluate where I’m at and take the necessary steps to move forward.
Here’s my year-long loop: Mark a habit, mind map a routine, evaluate, modify, try again.
I agree that we cannot be on at all times but it’s key to work towards the changes we really require a lot more frequently. I’d argue that self-reflection works miracles if it’s at least weekly, if not daily.
Becoming better is a constant; it is a state of mind and not a point in time.
Let us determine to live consciously, with intention and awareness, and create a New year for ourselves.
Best of luck. I have faith in you. Time to make a happy 2019.
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