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What’s The “New Year” Got To Do With Your Life?
By Art Ramsay, Ph.D.

 As I approached the New Year, I thought about the calendar, time, reality, and our notion of them. Each has different meanings depending on culture, religion, geographic location, and other factors. The notion of the New Year has intrigued me in many ways, especially the “resolutions” part.

 In previous articles, I’ve noted that there is no such thing as time; it is a man- made idea as is the calendar. Think about it – the sun appears out of the darkness and you begin your day; the sun fades into darkness and you end your day (well almost). What you do in between needn’t involve a clock.

 Modern society depends on gadgets, most electronic, to run its life. What would happen if those mechanical/electronic items disappeared? Hmm, maybe in the New Age they will. There is no time where we came from and none when we leave. It is said that time was invented to keep everything from happening at once, which it does

 Since I have written about time and calendars before, you can go to other articles for details or Google it. What I want to discuss is the notion of how a new year supposedly changes your life. I have mentioned in other articles how resolutions made on or about January 1st are rarely kept and are mostly the same ones made the year before.

 To me, the 24 hours that went by from December 31st to January 1st were the same in how I felt and perceived the world around me. So how did flipping a calendar change anything? I think society looks forward to events, such as New Year’s Eve, to escape its boring life.

 In reality, every day is a new beginning. Why wait for a year to go by to make changes? A great time to resolve or intend to change some aspect of your life that is not working is when you arise in the morning. We are creatures of habit that will continue until we make changes; a great time to start is now.

 While it may not seem as dramatic as beginning a new year, starting each day with the same kind of resolve you have for this new year will get you further, faster. Let’s look at the kinds of intentions or resolutions you might make for your day. For most people, the type of resolution made on the New Year deals with something they intended during the previous year, but didn’t.

 Taking similar action on a daily level requires more thought and preparation. This starts with a list of what has not been working, what is the most important, and what action you can take to change it. You might look at how long you think it will take to make this change, then work on it perhaps using some of the techniques I have written about in previous articles.

 For example, one of the biggest new year’s resolutions is to exercise or lose fat (notice I didn’t use the word weight; I think this is a copout by advertisers afraid to use the word fat). While this is a single intention, once started you can go to the next resolution and keep checking yourself about continuing the exercise/lose fat resolve.

 The problem I see with the above is the “keeping at it” part. This is mostly why people on diets fail; they don’t see a quick change and so give up. There are other reasons why diets fail, but most of it has to do with quitting. The same is true of exercising; it takes continued effort.

 Most people have some kind of occupation that begins in the morning and ends in the evening. This activity is most likely the main reason people don’t begin a change in their routine in the morning, yet if it is put off until evening, it probably won’t get done. Many people, including me when I worked, jog/run in the evening after work. There are those (morning people) who do however, engage in some kind of exercise in the morning.

 When you make out your list, as mentioned above, be easy on yourself. You will want to focus on what is holding you back from where/how you want to be now. Are you tired all the time? Then you might want to check how often you exercise and/or what you are eating; both have a big effect on your body tiring easily.

 While making plans to go on vacation, making necessary travel plans for work or the like, taking time off to do timely repairs or updates to your house and such may take looking into the future, but living day by day will be more rewarding than continually planning for the future.

 One day at a time is all you need to consider except items as I have mentioned above. As a society we tend to always be worrying about what might happen in the future. This is a devastating practice. It is enough to handle one day with the busy, stressful times we live in, much less be continually looking ahead at what might happen if ….

 Today is the day to take control of your life. Today is the day you let go of future worries. Today is the day that you change your life. It is now or never, because every time you put off what you want to do, you lock yourself into doing the same thing over and over.

 Instead of letting time control your life, make a choice to let go of time and move on to choices that are satisfying, healing, rewarding, and fun. Give yourself a break, do what pleases you in the moment if possible, and move into a whole new way of living. Each day can be a happy day for you and those around you, if you just let it be.

 

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