January 1st – New Beginnings

What is it about New Years Day?  Everyone takes January 1st, the beginning of a new year as a day to start over.  What is it about a new year, which makes us want to start fresh again and again?  People sit down to make their New Years resolutions.  Resolutions usually consisting of something to do with health, organization, career desires and replacing old or bad habits with new or good ones.

For many years I wrote down resolutions, I usually started out with a bang and quickly ended with a fizzle.  You see with out action, writing down a resolution is just words on a piece of paper.  Two years ago I found a copy of the resolutions I had written ten years prior, it was truly sad, I had written the same thing, almost to the letter, ten years later.  I felt as if I had accomplished nothing in my life.  And, if I were to compare my life now to those written words on the paper, I would really feel like a failure!  I still have not accomplished those resolutions and on the outside I’m probably worse off now than I was then.  I mean, I have two more children than I did then, our lives are busier and messier now that the kids are older, The Director’s job is much more demanding than before, and life in general seems to be more hectic.

Many years ago I read that instead of writing out resolutions, try writing out your inner most desires, the aspirations of your heart.  I did that, and comparing my discombobulated, messy life to those written aspirations; I can see that I have made progress.  While I often lose site of what my true desires are because of the messes in my life, I can start a new every day, not just on New Years day.  Every day I have the chance to start over again, a canvas of 24 new and fresh hours with which to work towards living out the deepest desires of my soul.  Creating a masterpiece, that when offered to God after my life is done, will be pleasing and beautiful.  For after all, as Matthew Kelly says in The Rhythm of Life those deepest desires and yearnings are really stirrings from God, that our purpose here on earth is to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be.  Those dreams, desires, and yearnings will help us to be the best versions of ourselves. 

We need to quiet ourselves, let go of the noise and distractions for as C.S Lewis says in The Screwtape Letters, [Screwtape addressing Wormwood] – “Music and silence—how I detest them both!  How thankful we should be that ever since Our Father (referring to the devil) entered Hell—though longer ago than humans, reckoning in light years, could express—no square inch of infernal space and no moment of infernal time has been surrendered to either of those abominable forces, but all has been occupied by Noise—Noise, the grand dynamism, the audible expression of all that is exultant, ruthless and virile—Noise which alone defends us from silly qualms, despairing scruples and impossible desires.  We will make the whole universe a noise in the end.”  Noise, whether a tool of the devil or not, is a great distraction to the quiet whisper deep in our souls, the whisper that holds the key to opening the door, to a real, new beginning.

Every day is a new beginning, not just January 1st, in fact every hour, every minute is a new beginning!  If I mess up now, I can right it in the next minute.  Don’t let a date on the calendar, or written words on a paper hold you back!  Think of every new minute as a new beginning, and the whispers of your soul, your deepest desires, God’s stirrings, as your guide map for living out your true purpose in life, the best version of yourself.

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