Celebrating because we can! part 2

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Well, here comes the New Year! Before all the routine stuff begins to settle in, how about those things you promised yourself to celebrate in the coming year? How do they fit into the routine also coming your way?

Since the elections, the Christmas holidays, and now all the press about Trump’s 100 day plan and platform coming our way, how about your first 100 days of the new year? What are they going to be filled with? Will it be more “Oh woe is me” or “Oh boy, can’t wait to make a difference”? Where does your heart point you to? Hopefully, it won’t just be the “same ole, same ole” of overwhelm and complaining, but simple ways at first to celebrate because you can.

Right now, I bet you are saying, “Please, give us a break! We just don’t have the energy for one more thing to think about right now, let alone the next 100 days or year!” Have the elections and holidays simply drained you? Ok, I do understand, really I do. Who wants to think about how to help solve some of our community and nation’s biggest problems such as poverty, economy, national security, supporting the constitution, healthcare, tax reform, and more. Not at this moment, that’s for sure! The holidays and getting along with relatives you haven’t seen for years are exhausting enough!

How do we even begin when we each have so many things needing our attention right within our families, work, and neighborhoods? We have a house to clean up, work to catch up on, bills to start paying on from all that Christmas shopping, and get over that nasty cold caught somehow from someone.

So, before I start in on the new year with “scathingly brilliant ideas” about how you can make all the difference in 2017 in the lives of others, here’s a pause. Let’s find our sweet spot to celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day in a way that will welcome us into a little haven instead of a hangover.

What sweet spot are you going to land in New Year’s Eve and Day? Maybe a friend invited you to their New Year’s Eve party. And New Year’s Day there is the Rose Bowl Parade and all the national championship games to definitely not miss. The irony of it all is, historically, our January 1st started with the Ancient Romans who chose to celebrate on January 1st to honor their Roman god Janus of which January was named.

According to Wikipedia, Janus was the god of gates and doors, symbolizing transition and new beginnings. Janus had two faces—one looking over the past year and the other toward the New Year. This concept has not really changed much over time, except maybe for the type of sports we all watch on that day. Fortunately, they are no long fought to the death. This reflective tradition is still a central idea of how we look on the past year and celebrate the New Year.

So, the only thing I encourage you to do besides having loads of fun and relax without getting drunk, is to give some quiet moments for thoughts and words of gratitude for what happened in your life last year. Then speak hope and confidence for the New Year for yourself and all those you care about. You will then be ready to follow your heart with purpose and passion on behalf of others around you and for our nation in 2017.