Roman gods, new years, new beginnings and resolutions…

This two-headed god gives the month of January its name.

This two-headed god gives the month of January its name.

New Year’s is a special time of year!

For us, it occurs on January 1st. The month of January takes it name from the two-headed Roman god, Janus. It is thought that this god marks thresholds that stand between times and seasons. One head looks back and another looks forward. Isn’t that what we so naturally do at this time of year?

So many older people live their lives looking back on the past. They remember a time and place where they felt needed and important. They readily share stories of long past events and occasions. They remember things which are often unknown or forgotten by others.

On the other hand, younger people live their lives looking forward to a future. They dream of the day they turn that magic age… sixteen and driving; eighteen and voting; twenty-one and legally drinking; twenty-four and marriage; sixty-five and retired. The list of forward-looking goals can seem endless.

And yet… whether a person looks forward or looks back, what is the common denominator? Both are done in the present!

Don’t waste too much time worrying about a past that cannot be changed or a future that is not promised. Make the most of the present.

In fact, all we have is the present moment. Since we cannot change the past and we are not promised a future, God gives us the present. That is why we call it the PRESENT.

A great new year’s resolution for 2013 is this…

In 2013 I will try to make the most of the present moments and opportunities that come my way.

What about you? Do you have any good resolutions for the new year?

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