If you’ve been following my writing, you might have guessed that I don’t have much use for special days. Someone somewhere marked this day as the beginning of the new year by virtue of creating a calendar vary loosely based around the birth of Jesus. That is really a testament to the effect of Christianity on the world, but that’s another topic for another day. We have big parties, count down to the changing of the clock, and all make our resolutions. I suppose if you need to make a change and it feels special to make it on this day then by all means take advantage of anything that helps, but why wait for this particular day, set by someone dead for more than a millennium and not all that accurate in the first place?
We rev up our emotions and set high expectations for this arbitrary point in time. What happens when it doesn’t feel so special? Whatever the problem is, it is now magnified by the dashed hope for the day. New Year’s Day is just another day. Resolve to use it to the fullest, and do the same with the other 364.25.