Set a course for the future
“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 at https://www.spreaker.com/show/bridges-radios-show. Carolyn R. Parsons is an author who lives in central Newfoundland and Labrador. She can be reached at carolynrpar[email protected]