What’s All That Hoopla?

Not sure I am up early or just staying up late.  Either way I know it’s not because the coming of the new year.

In many respect, January First is just like any other day. I do things no differently than the day before or after.  And my surrounding looks the same. For the trees, grass, and dogs, it’s just another day. Why is it any different for us humans?

But it is the “New Year” some would say.

What is new about it?  Everyday we wake up, it’s a new day. We have the same opportunity to achieve our goals.  New Year resolution is a farce.  A hopeless chase of some promise in the future.  If you can’t do it today, why would the label of “new” make it any different?

Don’t get me wrong.  I understand the power of hope.  Hope keeps dreams alive.  Martin Luther said, Everything that is done in the world is done by hope. So by all means, dream.  Dream big.  You see, I am not against having hope.  What I am against is having false hope.

Every way I turn, there are promises hedged on the false hope.  Lose weight, find happiness, or get healthy provided you [filling in whatever product or service being promised here].  If you do buy the product or service, chances are you are fulfilling someone else’s hope.

For our own sake, seize the beauty of what the day offers.  Here we have another 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds to do whatever we wish. We can waste it on someone else’s hope or work on our own.

It is our choice. Today and everyday.

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