“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful”
Margaret J. Wheatley
The New Year is a beautiful, symbolic holiday. We use the New Year to kickstart healthy, life-changing habits. To form new friendships. To celebrate the upcoming year and the hope that next year will yield fruit and prosperity in some way. In all of our anticipation for the New Year and the fresh start–planning resolutions, buying gym memberships, cleaning attics–I think that we miss something vital.
Did we ever take the chance to reflect on the past year?
What is the good of setting goals and resolutions when we don’t take the time to enjoy the discipline we put ourselves under? When we don’t take time to appreciate the fruit of our labor for the year and the yield of our efforts? I promise you, this past year was great. In some, maybe tiny tiny way, there was greatness from the year.
Sometimes as a society we are so fixated on changing ourselves and constantly improving, that we forget to slow down and love ourselves and each other. We forget to slow down and be thankful. Slow down and reflect.
Gratitude. Bam. Full circle. (If you read my last post, you would get this reference).
In Russia, there is a tradition of celebrating January 14th (more technically, the lead in to January 14th) as the Old New Year. A day when Russians get together as a family or with friends and celebrate the yield of the previous year, and the accomplishments of the previous year. A time for reflection and gratitude.
I think this holiday is just as important as New Years. Reflection should always follow goals.
So I urge you this year, join me and our Russian friends in celebrating Old New Years with the New Years.
“There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge…observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination”.
Peace and Blessings,