Jan. 1, 2015

January 1st never seemed like a new year to me. My new year always seems to be closer to September 1st. Maybe it’s a school thing or the fact that summer is over again, but autumn is my fresh start. Still, I like to gather with friends and family and hand out a questionnaire to be opened the following year.

Here’s some you may want to ask yourself and/or others:

  1. What have you learned about yourself this past year?
  2. What kind of changes can you make that will make you a happier person to be around?
  3. What will your reading list include this year?
  4. What do you predict will be the hottest news item of 2015?

Reflection doesn’t hurt even if you don’t feel that December 31st is a legitimate evening of celebration. Don’t be a Debbie Downer – find that little spark of hope within and smile tonight.


What Is Has Not Necessarily Always Been

I sometimes wonder about the origin of certain things. As kids, we believe that the way things are now are the way things have always been. Take for example birthdays. People haven’t always celebrated this annual occasion, and others around the world still don’t. Different cultures and religions consider this type of festivity as bad as sin.

Early century Christians looked upon birthday parties with disgust. They only showed any type of appreciation toward the celebration of saint name days. Some people only celebrate the birthdays of sacred individuals while some prefer to acknowledge the death dates instead.

Regardless of how or if you celebrate a birthday, what I would really like for all of us to explore is the “why”. And, can you really have your cake and eat it too?