Why do we anticipate the turning of the calendar to a new year? Why is it that we stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve, even if we’re just sitting at home watching Dick Clark on television, waiting for the ball to drop so we can go to bed? Why is it that midnight seems to mark a new beginning for us?
I admit, we are two of those people who, most of the time, are at home watching festivities on television. We rarely go out on New Year’s Eve. Midnight comes, we hug & kiss each other, hug Willow & Pockets, then go to bed. We leave such exciting lives! 🙂
Yet, we still stay up to see the new year in. We still think of it as a new beginning, a chance for a better year than last year. By January 2, it’s just another year gone by.
Isn’t every day a new beginning? After all, isn’t today a chance for a better day than yesterday? Shouldn’t we celebrate each new day as we do each new year?
I’m not talking about the big parties, the clinking of glasses, and staying up until midnight. It’s the attitude. Why don’t we wake up every day thinking “Yesterday wasn’t that good/bad, but it’s a whole new day, a new beginning, a chance for a better day.”
I’m sure some people do. You may be one of them. I don’t think the majority of people do, though. Most, and I am one of them, go through each day as if it’s just another day, nothing to be excited about. Just trying to get to the weekend, or a day off, or vacation. I don’t wake up in the morning thinking it’s a chance for a new beginning.
It makes me sad. I should be celebrating each new day! I should think of all the new possibilities the day holds, even if it’s a work day. Even if it’s a day where I have to do something I don’t want to do, or go somewhere I don’t want to go.
How do I change my mind-set? How do I wake up every morning feeling like I do on New Year’s Day?
I’m sure some of you readers do that. Can you please share your secret?