02 Jan A New Perspective for a New Year…
HAPPY 2015 EVERYONE!
Alright, let’s get through with all the normative issues that one discovers every December 31st/January 1st: new year!, new beginning!, new resolutions!, new life!, new purpose!, change your ways!, start over!, do it right this time!, put hope into action!, do it now!.
We all see this in every article and blog scattered across the Internet.
And I have to admit, these things can be fun to create. Everybody loves creating happy alternatives for the future. They want to see a healthier body, a more peaceful mind, and a rejuvenated spirit. However, this time of year represents a deep, dark thing in each of us (and I include myself in this) and that is such: our dissatisfaction in life.
Let’s take a couple steps to the left and jump into pop culture for a minute. Everyone who has read Harry Potter (or copped out and watched the movies instead) remembers the Mirror of Erised (that’s is, Desire). After Harry spends many nights staring into the Mirror with the image of his dead parents, Headmaster Dumbledore encounters him and explains the truth of the Mirror: “The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is…”
New Year’s Day works like this Mirror. It brings out of ourselves the dissatisfactions we find in our lives and urges us to consider the deepest desires of our hearts.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set goals for ourselves every now and then. However, must we reserve this one day for all our goals in life? Must we contain all our ambition and dissatisfaction in this one day? As a friend of mine has said, this New Year is only according to the Gregorian calendar which has only been around about 500 years and in the previous Julian calendar, it’s only December the 20th. Do we need to save all our wishes for this day?
Also, this opportunity invites a new possibility. Perhaps we should start looking at our New Year’s Resolutions in another perspective: what are we dissatisfied about in our personal lives and why is that so?
You may learn more about you through meditating on this question rather than relying on your power to succeed in your resolutions.
If you’re using this time to celebrate life and living (and a couple days off from work), then feel free to do so! I’m not trying to stomp down on anybody’s happiness and celebrations. Bake a cake, pull the poppers, and have a toast! But perhaps we can say ‘Happy New Year’ every day because each day is the start of something new to be celebrated.