As our family was contemplating what to do to celebrate New Year’s Eve, my youngest DD commented, “I don’t celebrate New Year’s Eve anymore, it’s just another day followed by another year with a new number and the same life.” At first that struck me with profound sadness. In all of my 70+ years, New Year’s Eve followed by January 1st was a day of renewal, of new hope for a better year, or a happier year, or a healthier year, or a wealthier year. Or maybe it was new hope for a new job, or a new baby, or a new car, or a new waistline, or a new almost anything. The sadness I felt came from the thought that 2011 would be the same as 2010 – for anyone.
And, yet, maybe 2011 will be the same for many, many people. Folks like you and me that are well settled into life and really not much happens to change our life day in and day out, year in and year out. In reality, it may even be a pretty good life. In reality, it may also be a pretty bad life. For others, I guess it may just be a mediocre life. Life is like that I have found.
So, we have several choices looking into a new year. We can do nothing and let life wash over us. We can look forward not backward and try to make some changes, big or small, that might give us a better life or at least a different life. Or, we can slide backward and fall into a life that is even worse than last year. Someone once said that you have to play the cards life deals you. Yup, you do. Anyone who has ever played a card game, or any other game where both luck and strategy play a role, knows that you have to play to move forward, backward, or at least stay even.
Well, January 1st may just be another day like any other day of the year. But, New Year’s Day can be a day that you make up your mind to play your cards differently. Maybe smarter, maybe more clever, maybe with more knowledge of past strategies that worked or didn’t work. The one thing that no one should ever do is walk away from life without playing a card. For that one card could be just the card that changes the game of life and January 1st will not be just another day.
Happy New Year to all! Remember, it does not have to be “Just another day!”