They say the definition of insanity is doing the same things over again and expecting different results.


New Year’s Day is of course a man made (but necessary and practical) invention. In reality time continues in a straight line, ostensibly with no beginning and no end. But the earth revolves around the sun again and again giving us seasons and the rhythms of life. So a calendar was created to help us know when to plant the crops and harvest them. And at the end of every harvest season there must be a great celebration (especially if the fields yielded enough food for the winter). Now it’s party time.


And so we come to the end of one year and the start of a new year. New Year offers a moment to pause and reflect on our previous trip around the sun. Are we right back where we started or have we also experienced something of our own revolution in the preceding twelve months?


It’s as good a time as any to reflect, hope, and plan. The New Year gives the illusion of turning a new page, wiping an old slate clean. And why not? Trouble is many of us, myself included, can start being reactive to life instead of being proactive. Things come at us at any given time that cost us time, money, and worry. However, we must also strive to be proactive, to anticipate likely events and scenarios and plan accordingly. We need to take ownership of our present life, embrace it (or make peace with it) just as it is, and then move forward by consciously making a list of what needs to change or be accomplished and set a DEADLINE for each of these items. Resolve to be proactive! Otherwise last year will be the same as this year, next year, and the others that follow.


Write down all of the things holding you back: all of the troubles, worries, and failures of 2014. Now take that piece of paper and tear it up and throw it in the TRASH. Leave it where it belongs—in 2014.


I’m just saying…