Once again, a New Year is almost upon us, a time to look back and reflect on what we’ve accomplished during the last 365 days, and to consider how we might do better in the coming months. For many, it’s also a time to make resolutions about specific things we’d like to change.
One of my personal heroes, Benjamin Franklin, once said, “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”
To me, that seems as good a New Year’s resolution as any. If, during the coming weeks and months, you find yourself falling back on old habits and losing sight of your goals, remember that, as special as a New Year may be, each day also brings us a new start. With every sunrise – every breath – we have the ability to decide what kind of person we want to be. If you occasionally lose your footing, there’s no need to despair or feel like a failure. You don’t have to wait for one special day each year to dust yourself off and try again. Each day can be the start of a new year, a new life …
Happy New Year from your friends at the Farmers’ Almanac. May it be a good one for you and yours!