OK I was thinking; why is a new year such a special thing? Could it be mere hype or a realistic chance to make it count? Here are some ten reflective reasons which I came up with that make the New Year more meaningful to anyone;
1. The best is yet to come
You are a bundle of surprise waiting to explode. You have already heard of the expression, ‘good things are in front’ or better days lie ahead. Literary and figuratively, each passing year brings better opportunities, interesting friends, bigger achievements and wowing innovation. Similarly, the world has not yet seen the best of you. And besides, have you followed the countless company launches in waiting of new programs and products for the New Year? Wait and see what the New Year has in store.
2. You will appreciate yourself better
Yes, sometimes you could forget to appreciate what you have in a rush to get what you don’t have. And then you severely judge yourself as a failure on basis of what you don’t have (and probably will never have). Think about a cow feeling restless and discontented because it can’t fly. You get the point. Make it your goal that you will take time to appreciate how special you are. Even If you have not lived up to other people’s expectations (because can’t or you just don’t want to), it is not your fault but theirs; you did not tell them to set such expectations for you. So in the New Year, if no one seems to love you (enough), love yourself. If no one is telling you what you want to hear, go ahead and speak to yourself that kind of words that rock your world.
3. God is not dead
If God had no plan for you in the New Year, he could have shown you a red card before you crossed the line. Things may not have gone exactly the way you wanted but the centre still holds. For better or for worse, ‘God isn’t done with you yet’. That only means that if you are living on the brighter side, be humble; and if you are living on the rough side of things, keep hope alive. Worry and bitterness should be left for those who believe that the world is on its own and things are falling apart without hope. For the wise, they are confident in the knowledge that ‘God has it all covered.’
4. Life will go on
I hope you always remember the analogy that your Life is like a movie: you are the main actor. If anything happens or anyone else dies who is not the main actor, the movie continues. The whole story is built around the main actor. If the main actor dies, then it is game down or game over. Many things have happened to you but then they are over. Next year, the world (and you) will be partying, farming, reading, working, eating, drinking, travelling and going about business as usual as though nothing big happened at all. To think that the New Year will bring old stories is like expecting napoleon to conquer France next year – impossible!
5. The will tide turn
It is the law of nature that seasons change. Yes, no matter how big the tide, it has to turn. Going by the same natural principle, no matter how tough the situation might be, it will (because it has to) change. No one goes to bed doubting whether tomorrow will bring light. Everyone seems to be confident that it is nature’s design that light follows darkness. A dry season can hardly be succeeded by another dry season for then the earth will bear no fruit and life will not endure. The only possibility is that some seasons could last longer than others but they surely change sooner or later. Next year is a chance to see the tide turn in different areas of your personal and professional life.
6. Love will heal all
The New Year is a great chance for you to find love and to forgive those who might have (intentionally or unintentionally) rubbed you the wrong way. Better still, an opportunity for you to walk away from hurting relationships and going on to build better lasting connections. Nothing makes you a better human being faster the genuine demonstration of love to another person. Without love, what would heavens be for? Taking time to hate others or carry grudges is not a good time investment. Hatred is not rated and certainly not worth your life.
7. People will talk
No one knows you better than you know yourself. With a new year for you to do better things than the talkers think you can achieve, you will leave them eating their words while you whistle your best song. People say they don’t care what others are saying. But then they constantly want to know, “what are they saying? Or what did they talk about me?” The fact is that people care about what others say. People’s words keep us awake just as the hooting on the road keeps us conscious of other road users. The most interesting bit about people’s words is that they are usually misguided. They are conclusions and assessments that are most cases based on little or no evidence at all.
8. You shall spend more time with those you care about
With the people you love, every moment is a celebration, every meal is sumptuous, and every word or conversation is interesting, every touch is magical, is look is a revelation, every day is Christmas and every place is special. The more time we spend with those we love or care about is more precious than any other thing. The New Year gives us another chance to laugh with that sweet granny, parent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, friend, child, cousin, nephew, niece and the other people we consider special to us.
9. You will have a new and better start
Next year presents you a chance to do better than you have done this year, to become a better parent, a truer friend, a more empathetic employer, a more honest employee or a more helpful citizen. It is a chance to be more of a man or a woman; to be more knowledgeable, more courageous, more focused and more passionate. It is a chance to rethink; whatever hasn’t worked this year can be changed for better. You have learnt from the good as well as the bad which certainly makes you a better person next year.
But wait a sec, how has been your year? Some will say it has been their year meaning they did incredible and others will say it hasn’t been their year. May be we should have a closer look;
10. You will find out whether this year has been better or worse
Has this year been really hard? For who or compared to which one?
Before concluding on whether this year has been better or worse, here is a special formula used by special people to get a clear picture on the matter: get the number of good moments you had, multiply them with the bad ones (take time to remember and list down as many as you can) then divide them by 9 (don’t ask why). You get the picture? If your answer is above 14, then your year has been a blast. If it is below that then it has been tough for you. This whole formula could be confusing to you because a) I was not that good at games of numbers especially maths b) I just made it up – to pull your leg as I wish you a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.