Christmas Eve, my husband and I drove from San Antonio, north to Mineral Wells to spend the holiday at the Double J Hacienda and Art Ranch. As we progressed on our journey, what started out as light rain, became sleet which quickly turned into snow. George Curtis is credited with saying “The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows. ” So later, warm and cozy at the Double J, I stared out at the silent, sparkling winter wonderland and contemplated my 2010 new year’s resolutions.
A tradition which began about 4,000 years ago, marking the new year seems intrinsic to our human nature. It is the time of year we appreciate and celebrate the cycle of renewal and rebirth. This practice probably made more sense when the new year began at Vernal Equinox or the first day of spring. Even so, about 400 years ago, when January became the first month of the year in the Western world, we continued the old tradition–just at a different time. It is an opportunity to reflect on the previous year, to start afresh, begin anew, and make those new year’s resolutions.
In my life, resolutions most often included eating or cussing less, going to church and exercising more, improving relations with family, and so on. This year, I want to stay calm in the face of uncertainty, stay strong for my friend with cancer, and stop being too judgmental. Oh, and to stop watching those insipid 24-hour TV news shows that just make me angry.
As you contemplate your own New Year’s resolutions, think about how you can: spend more time with your family or friends; broaden your horizons with a book club or class; walk 30 minutes a day; bring joy into your life; bring joy to others. Let me know.
Music by Jerry Jeff Walker
Published on January 1. 2010 www.alamocitytimes.com