I was talking to Levi today about the fact that today is the last day of this year and that tomorrow will be the start of a new year; a whole new cycle of seasons and holidays and birthdays. I could tell he had a hard time wrapping his 6 year old brain around this bizarre notion of time…of how suddenly one day you just wake up and it’s a whole new year.
It is a strange concept, really…today is the end, tomorrow the beginning.
He said, “Isn’t tomorrow, well just tomorrow, just like any other day that comes after today?”
And I said, “yes, it is…it’s just the numbers on the calendar that change.”
His simplistic and naive viewpoint made me think about the need we as a society have for a marked period of renewal. That if you choose for it to happen, it does at the stroke of midnight and we begin, tabula rasa on New Year’s Day. Can’t it happen on any given day at any point in our calendar year? Of course!
I’ve never been one for resolutions, not because I don’t think they can be useful or important, but I guess because I’ve never had the feeling that on New Year’s Day, I needed to resolve my past disputes…with myself or with others. I choose to do that as needed, throughout the years and to constantly strive to improve and do better every day of the year.
In continuing with our conversation, he asked me what is my favorite holiday, to which I replied, “Thanksgiving.”
“That’s Daddy’s favorite holiday, too”, he said. “But don’t you like Christmas?”
“Of course, I love Christmas too…and Valentine’s Day and our birthdays and Easter, but Thanksgiving has always been my favorite”, I said.
This too, made me think…what each of these holidays mean to me and why. And from this short but very meaningful conversation I had with my son, I determined that I should start out my new year wrapped with the spirit and joy of each of these yearly markers and carry their meaning with me throughout the year.
So, for 2015, I will:
Show my gratitude and appreciation every day for my countless blessings and good fortune.
Keep the light of the Christmas and winter season burning bright in my heart and let its magic and gifts come forth in many unexpected ways all year long.
Send notes and tokens of love, especially to my beloved, on any given random day…because truly, every day should be Valentine’s Day in my opinion.
Nurture and tend with care, the growing and ever-changing little beings that bloom in front of my eyes in so many amazing and inspiring ways throughout every season. Each new day is a chance for them to be renewed.
And as for New Year’s…well, I don’t ever need a special occasion to toast a glass of champagne. That should happen on any random day…with glee.
Happiest of times to you all. Be kind to one another, always.