Yes, I am wishing you today - January, 11th - a very Happy New Year! Following the French tradition of wishes, I have until January 31st, so I am not even late!
In our fast-paced societies, we hardly take time to appreciate the little things or to keep up the good vibes, energy or spirit of the New Year. I am not saying that we should take longer vacations, (or should we?), however, I truly think that we should protect or conserve the joy of a coming new year and the hope of all the opportunities that it can bring us. It is probably a way to live happier.
In February, I may remind you too about this special date, the beginning of the year. The fact is that you were probably deciding how to change things in your life, or how to live a better life or even thinking about the good things that came along the new year on January 1st or even before. The end of a year and the beginning of a new one have this effect on us, like a cycle, like if we can set things apart and start something new; we tend to think about good "resolutions". The negative part of it is our ability to forget - and generally very quickly. We mastered the compartmentalization: New Year's spirit, hopes, feelings and resolutions belong only to January 1st and we are not able to remember them or put them in practice. What a shame!
Why not try just for once to live by the New Year joys and your resolutions? Maybe for you to follow it, your 2013 resolution should be: keep up the good spirit! However, if you really want to pick one, make it an easy one, avoid the drastic changes or you are going to choose the same resolutions, years after years! You have the power to change things and yourself, but one step at a time. So cheer up and start little!