As I write this only a few hours before the ringing in of 2018 it occurs to me that millions of people are getting together with friends, going to parties, visiting bars, or participating in numerous other activities to ring in the new year. Year after year I have spent New Year’s Eve the same way — home doing my normal activities until around 11:30 pm when I switch to Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Some years I go to bed immediately after, other years I continue to watch the celebration for an hour or two.
New Year’s Day arrives. I might flip on the parades to watch a bit. I change over my calendar to the new year, and empty out my “Good Things” jar. Overall the day is treated like pretty much any other stay-at-home day, doing whatever activities I choose or need to handle.
Do I set goals for the new year? Usually. Do I achieve them? Sometimes. Even though for the most part New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are just another day, they still contain a bit of tradition that is repeated year-after-year.
As I was writing this I looked up and saw my handwritten list of 2017 goals I had set. Lets just say I had good intentions and leave it at that. That list just got folded in half and tossed in the wastepaper basket.
I’m thinking instead of setting goals maybe as I go through the year I should make a list of things I accomplish. In fact, now that I think of it, that would end the year on a much more positive note. No depressing list of goals I did not achieve to toss into a wastepaper basket. Instead I will be able to review the year with a list of things I completed — assuming of course I do something productive in the next twelve months.
Here’s Wishing Everyone A Productive and Happy New Year!