“In my end is my beginning.” – T.S. Eliot
As we come to the end of another year, we remember that endings are merely beginnings, as Eliot reminds us. “In my end is my beginning” is the final phrase of his poem East Coker, second of the Four Quartets. We are reminded that for the new to come in, the old must be released. So as we enter a new year, a new experience, we remember to stand in the field of possibility. A new year is an opportunity to begin again.
In the musical "Rent," Jonathan Larson reminds us that a year contains 525,600 minutes. Each is an opportunity. Each is a small capsule of potentiality. Every time our planet revolves around the Sun, we are handed 525,600 opportunities to move towards a goal, to give love, to be of assistance, to accomplish, to achieve.
January is named after Janus, the 'god' of endings and beginnings. Janus looks backwards and forwards, at what was and at what is emerging. What is emerging in your life now? What do you most wish to achieve this year? What is God calling you to do? If you know, go and do it. If not, I strongly suggest that you sit down and go within. Ask, listen, and your answer will appear. It may surprise you, but if you resist, you’ll only add energy to it. What blocks have you created that keep you from going for it? It’s time to move them. Remember, to see farther, you have to fly higher.
A new year is a chance to open new doors and move forward in living your highest and best life, moving towards your calling. If there is something that has been in the back of your mind to do, be bold. Do it. If you don’t, it will still be there next year, nagging at you.
Seize the moment! Seize the day! Seize the year! There is no time like the present. Let this be the boldest, most adventurous, most successful and thriving year of your life so far.
Happy New Year!