After the clock has chimed 12 tomorrow night, Auld Lang Syne has been sung, and a new day dawns on a New Year, we’ll have this sudden impulse to set a bunch of New Year’s resolutions. It’s a habit that is too entrenched to give up. But the making of New Year’s resolutions is not only a habit, it’s how we see time and how we see ourselves. We are subject to “temporal landmarks” – birthdays, the beginning of the week, the start of the month, and of course a new year. These temporal landmarks prompt the thoughts of a brand new beginning. It’s a time of reflection and an opportunity to focus on where we’re heading.
If you can redo one thing in 2016, what will you redo? Quit that bad habit, spend more time with family, have the courage to confess your love to her, or change your vote in the election? One year, four seasons, a lot of things can change. This year my uncle in Hong Kong passed away. We were closed in my childhood and last time I saw him was in 2013 during my trip back to Hong Kong. He was still healthy at that time. The old lady lived next to us had moved into a nursing home and there is now a “For Lease” sign on the front yard of her house. We were neighbors for nearly 20 years. In July, I changed jobs and said farewell to my former colleagues before moving on. Sometimes things just change overnight. Don’t expect people will always be around, one day you may never see them again.
Looking back on this year felt like a perfect place to start. Let’s take a moment to really think about who and what we’ve gotten to see and experience in this year, where we are headed and how we are living, to see if things need to change or do better. Maybe a change of perspective is what we need. Honor the past year by celebrating your joys, mourning your losses, and shaking your head at the wonder of it all. Isn’t it amazing another year has passed? A whole year has passed since the last one. You’re a year older. Are you a year wiser? Why not use the next 48 hours to reflect on the past 365 days? The passing of another year is not a reminder that life is passing us by, but a reminder that it isn’t.
Finally, thank you everyone for stopping by my blog this year. Every view and like really make me feel it’s worth the effort. I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2017!