I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, “Out with the old. In with the new.” For a lot of people, a new year means change, resolutions, a clean slate in which to begin anew. But the truth of the matter is, that’s all a matter of attitude, a frame of mind.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone saying they want to repeat last year or 1997 because that was a good year, or that they want to do everything the way they did last year. We like a certain amount of change. Without it, we stagnate and grow bored.
For me the new year means I need fresh spreadsheets to track my writing productivity and sales numbers. It means I need to get started on the summary I send my accountant. Somewhere in all that, I usually reflect on what I accomplished in the previous year and adjust my goals. Upward and onward.
Several months ago, when the new year was just a speck in the distance, I decided I wanted to indulge myself more, to do what I love and enjoy it. I want to indulge in reading more and rediscover the pleasure of losing myself in a book. I want to be creative in other ways than writing, to rediscover the pleasure of the needlework crafts I once loved. I’ll also indulge my talent for design and tackle re-decorating another room in my house because it really needs a facelift. Yeah, parts of that can be a chore, but I love the end result, so I’ll deal. I’ll enjoy the fresh, updated look.
But what about the writing? Interestingly enough, the more other creative things I do, the more I itch to write. Could it be that creativity sparks more creativity? All I know is I’m looking forward to 2013 with a new attitude and am excited to see what the year yields.
How do you look at a new year? Is it just another day or do you see it as a clean slate, a blank page full of possibilities?
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