Happy New Year I hope that this year will bring great abundance of all good things and incredible prosperity to everyone. As we put aside the old year and embrace the New Year we look to this New Year as a clean slate, a chance to begin again, leaving all the problems, obstacles and upsets in the past.
This turning of the new page has roots in ancient Roman religion and mythology. Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually depicted as a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus.
Janus symbolized change and transitions such as the progression of past to future, of one condition to another, of one vision to another, and of one universe to another. Janus was worshipped at the beginnings of the harvest and planting times, as well as marriages, births and other beginnings.
The Winter solstice occurred late December, marking the end of fall beginning of winter and a change in the earth. January 1, New Year’s day was consecrated to Janus since it was the first of the new year it became customary to exchange cheerful words of good wishes.
As I look at my new calendar full of so many empty pages and possibilities I have hopes for how the year will unfold. I set goals that I hope to accomplish, because I’m choosing goals that are realistic and workable. I ask myself to be disciplined enough to accomplish these goals. Most of these goals are up to me, a few others are in tandem with others, making them a little more tenuous as I can not force anyone to do something. But I can hope for cooperation and accomplishment of our goals! I can hold up my end of the agreement.
Of these goals I have chosen I have written then in the front of the calendar for the year. When accomplished I will be able to check them off as accomplished as the year unfolds.
What goals have you set for yourself? Make them realistic and reachable goals. Have little goals along the way that when accomplished will help spur you onto the bigger tasks before you.
I wish everyone great success in accomplishing all that you have set out to do this year.
S. M. Senden author of Clara’s Wish, Lethal Boundaries, A Death of Convenience and Other Short Stories, Murder at the Johnson House.