It’s like the first day of the year for me. The calendar may have changed last Thursday, but today is the day that we really get back to our routines. The holidays are finally over. It’s good.
There is something to be said for routine. Without routine it’s hard to shake things up. A time of year when everybody is supposed to be doing things out of the ordinary bores me to death. Most people are just no damn good at getting out of their regular schedules. They don’t seem to understand that part of the deal is that everybody else isn’t going to be able to accomodate them. Everybody is out of their own routines after all.
So now that we are back to it, let’s do what we do.
That’s right, do what we do. I see no reason that we should shake thing up, make resolutions, or go on a self improvement quest just because it’s a new year. If we want to be better, we should just be better. The very act of declaring that we are going to do things differently seems to set us on a course for failure. We may easily be able to live up to the expectations of others, but not those we lay out for ourselves.
We should take it easy on ourselves this time of year when the days are still so short and the very weather can waylay the best laid plans. As the light begins to stay longer and the atmosphere is kinder we can make change. We need time to plan after the dislocation of the holidays. This is a time for plotting, scheming, and meditation.
Let’s take it one step at a time.