Happy 2014! As the line from John Lennon’s song states, “Another year’s over, a new one’s just begun.” I don’t know about all of you, but for me 2013 was a blur. Maybe that’s how they’ll all be from this point on, I don’t know.
So, because the weather and recovering from “the crud” (AKA upper respiratory infection) had me hibernating for a couple of days, I reflected on all the hope we put on New Year’s Eve and resolutions.
I’ve shared in the past that I don’t make resolutions, but each New Year’s Eve or Day I write in a goals journal what I’d like to see happen in each area of my life. I’ve been doing that for about 15 years. I feel resolutions tend to get broken, but goals are achieved. While I decided that this year I wasn’t going to put so much hopeful expectations on 2014, I still wrote down specific goals for the year. I think I’ve shared that my categories include: spiritual growth, finances, career, health (physical and emotional), home and travel and entertainment.
An Internet site claims the tradition of making resolutions goes back to the early Babylonians, who resolved to start the year with a clean slate by returning borrowed farm equipment. Jan. 1 has not always been the date for the new year, but it goes back to 46 BC when Julius Caesar revised the calendar to better reflect the seasons. Christians changed it in the Middle Ages to Dec. 25 because of Christ’s birth and then again to March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would bear a son. In the 16th century Pope Gregory XII revised the Julian calendar and the celebration of the New Year returned to Jan. 1.