Set a course for the fu­ture

The Central Voice - - Editorial - Carolyn R. Par­sons

“Isn’t it nice to think that to­mor­row is a new day with no mis­takes in it yet?”

This is one of my favourite lines of any book ever writ­ten, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Mont­gomery. It’s a phrase of con­so­la­tion that I use when­ever times are tough, or I have made an er­ror in judge­ment, and a restart is war­ranted. And I think about it to­day as we sit on the cusp of a new year. There is some­thing won­der­ful about the an­nual flip­ping to a new cal­en­dar. It brings with it a sprig of hope­ful­ness, a glim­mer of pos­si­bil­ity as we cel­e­brate and sing of Auld Lang Syne.

Mem­o­ries are a gift, a snow globe of trea­sures to shake around and look at when we need them most but they’re of­fer­ings of the past, with­out an­tic­i­pa­tion or the el­e­ment of sur­prise.

It’s the cast­ing of eyes to the fu­ture that can quicken a heart­beat and set the glow of ex­pectancy in the soul at this time of the year. Just mov­ing one digit, from an eight to nine, is like the turn of a scrib­bled, messy page in a note­book to an ex­cit­ing fresh white one with no words scrawled upon it yet.

I don’t make res­o­lu­tions this time of year, but I do spend some time in con­tem­pla­tion. It’s cer­tainly a good time to stop for a mo­ment, peer at what the past year of­fered, fig­ure out if I’m on the right path and ex­press grat­i­tude that I’m still here to wel­come a new year. It’s also a good time to take stock of what needs to be left in the past and what I want to achieve go­ing for­ward.

This past year was good for me. As I move into 2019, I’ve got a firm grip on what it is I want to do, and I’ve ac­com­plished what I set out to do in 2018, mainly be­cause I’m good at keep­ing my prom­ises to my­self.

Do you spend time plan­ning for each year? Not in a daily plan­ner way but in a more gen­eral, “by the end of this year I want to have ac­com­plished these things, then start work­ing to­wards them” way.

My trick for keep­ing my­self on tar­get is to restart sev­eral other times of the year. My birth­day is in April and in the mid­dle of that month I do a ma­jor in­ven­tory of how things are go­ing so far, what isn’t work­ing and what I want to try. This takes me through the sum­mer, af­ter which, I do the same again in Septem­ber. So, my New Year’s Eve rit­ual may be the big one but I don’t leave it all to chance for the en­tire year, in­stead I do it three times an­nu­ally to stay on track.

The years I haven’t done this, I’ve not moved for­ward in the same way or ac­com­plished what I wanted to. I’ve stayed in a rut, do­ing things I don’t en­joy, putting tasks I don’t like be­fore things that make me happy. I won’t bore you with all my schemes and plans for 2019 but as Wil­liam

Shake­speare said, “We have heard the chimes at mid­night, “and for me—and you— that means a whole new be­gin­ning! Happy New Year!

Spe­cial hol­i­day episodes of the Bridges Ra­dio pro­gram are found at­dios-show. Carolyn R. Par­sons is an au­thor who lives in cen­tral New­found­land and Labrador. She can be reached at car­olyn­r­par­[email protected]

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