It’s New Year’s Day, and I hope 2021 is off to a stupendous start for all of you! I think we’ve all heard enough about leaving 2020 behind, so I’m not gonna talk about that. Instead, I wanted to look at the new year from a different angle.
Besides being the time of year when folks pin up new calendars, it’s also a time when most people make ‘New Year’s Resolution’, or personal promises to make changes in their lives. Whether the goal be to lose a certain amount of weight, stop a bad habit like smoking, or grow a savings account, these resolutions all generally have to do with bettering one’s self.
But why do we seem to believe that change can only begin with the changing of the year?
Rather than making New Year’s Resolutions, we should be making New Day’s Resolutions! Every day should be a chance for a ‘new you’, not just every new year. It becomes too easy to toss aside your promises at the first sign of difficulty, and say “Next year!” But by taking it one day at a time, you give yourself no excuse to put off change for several months.
So instead of starting 2021 with yet another typical resolution, let this be the year you resolve to live stoically, to take every day as a bright, new beginning for a ‘new you’ and to finally tackle those difficult issues one day at a time. As the philosopher Seneca once said, “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”