New Year

Welcome to 2011, huh?

I may be 10 days late to the party in writing about the new year today, but I just like to think I’m fashionably late. I’m not much of a fan of the hoopla of New Year’s Eve and resolutions and the like. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good party as much as the next person, but the flash and glimmer of A New Year! A New You! feel like nothing more than cheap gold plating once you get down to it. All sparkle, no substance.

Now that the hats and noisemakers have been put away, the real work of reflection, and if you so choose, resolution, can make their way to the forefront. The start of a new year is as good a time as any to lay down roots for mindful reflection upon whether you are living the life you want to live. If you feel stuck, it’s a good time to take a deep breath, grab a flashlight, and start ferreting out the dark spaces in your consciousness that could benefit from having some light shed on them.

In other words, it’s as good a time as any to get to know yourself better and set out on the path of moving forward.

Dan Wilson wrote a lovely song about the new year, about letting go of the old and moving forward into hope:

What a Year for a New Year

What a year for a new year
We need it like we need life I guess
Last one left us lying in a mess
What a year for a new year

What a night for a sunrise
And we thought the dark would never end
Reaching out to try to find a friend
What a night for a sunrise
Sunrise

What a day for a new day
And our star shines like a miracle
And our world is almost beautiful again
What a day for a new day
New day

Soon we’ll be lying in our beds
And new dreams will fill our heads
And the old ones will be ended
Hope we’ll forget about this place
Let it go without a trace
Wipe the teardrops from our faces
Oh! What a year for a new year!

Here’s to the new year. May you find whatever it is you’re looking for.

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