Monthly Musing – January 2012 – New Year Wishes

Ever since I’ve been very small, I’ve always thought of the months of the year as the hours on a clock.  January, the start of the year, is where one o’clock would be, and as the year passes I can see the clock hands sweeping past the months to return to December at the top of the year.

This isn’t a traditional view of time, I know; think of a timeline and it’s linear – a long line of events stretching backwards and forwards along the years.  I like to think of it as a clock, though, because each year you get to start again at the top, to make a fresh start and do some things the same and others differently.  Perhaps it’s to do with being a gardener; each year you can look at your successes and failures and know that you’ll get a chance to do it all again next season.

From the first stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, I can see the New Year stretching ahead of me; it’s like standing at the edge of a diving board waiting to launch out into the unknown.  It’s never unknown, though is it; already there are events written on next year’s calendar – birthdays, school trips, meetings – but there is still scope for something exciting, unknown, an adventure to happen.  This could be the year of the Really Big Adventure.

I have a friend who dreads the New Year.  “Same old, same old,” she says, with more than a hint of despair.  Same old hateful job, same old endless commute, same old worries about money, her children, not having enough time.  I think it would be easy for any of us to greet the New Year with that attitude; let’s be honest, it’s not been a great 2011 for lots of people for one reason or another, but if it’s true that you get what you wish for, then isn’t a New Year an opportunity to wish for something else?  I may be fanciful, but I think that this time of year is more magical than any other, and I like to think that more wishes come true so it’s important to wish for the right things.

A book I’ve been reading recently suggests that you can influence your wishes by a positive mental attitude – the ‘like attracts like’ principle.  It sounds easy but like most things that sound easy, I expect it takes more work than you imagine.  My resolution this year will be to try to be positive, to imagine life getting better for everyone, and to do what I can to make my wishes come true.  As for my friend, well, “Same old, same old” doesn’t sound like a good wish to me, so I’ll wish for better times for her and hope that this one comes true.


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2 Responses

  1. billiescraftroom says:


    I read a great quote once..

    'Do what you always do, get what you always got.'

    I agree with you, a new year a new start. You can't change whats happened already, a new year= a new start. Don't do New Years Resolutions that are negative, I go with 'What would I like to do/try this year' make a list then its a whole lot more fun. If you list is full of positive things you are far more likely to be motivated to go for them than if its all about 'I must do x less etc'

    Wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best for your hopes, dreams and projects

    Best wishes


  2. Winwick Mum says:

    That's a great quote, Billie, thanks! You're absolutely right – if you never take the first step to do anything different then life will never change for you. There's so much more out there than any of us could see in one lifetime, but if we don't even look out of the window then have we really lived life to the full?

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