Keeping New In the New Year

The six word Friday several weeks ago used the word “new”.  I nibbled away at for a while, as one of the things that bugged me the most when I came back to work on January 2 was how quickly the word “new” was left behind from the New Year.  So my six words for “new” are:

Put “new” back into New Year.

By the end of that first week after the holidays, it was already a day / month / year like every other year – all mashed and melted into the running together of the days, one indistinguishable from the other.

  • Seeing the Valentine’s stuff out before January even started doesn’t help.
  • Neither is working evenings and weekends for year end close.  I’m thankful that the manager of the process doesn’t keep us here any longer than necessary, which helps a lot.  Still, I’ve been tired when I get home, visiting briefly with my favorite boy toy and then going to bed.
  • The legislatures are back in session, so for me it’s now that season to monitor new tax bills, contact my government affairs people, and work to keep the laws from being more onerous than they already are.
I'm still walking during lunch and taking my camera with me!
I’m still walking during lunch and taking my camera with me!

All of these things contribute to the days running together and feeling the same as each day before it.

Then I saw a great quote on my desk calendar about the new year, that I thought was appropriate for how quickly we forget its newness:

This year isn’t going to be just like every other year.
This year is a new year.
It may have elements of other years.
Yet, it is unique.
We may try to make it the same in our minds and
not be open to the new opportunities presented to us.

It’s up to us.

Here’s hoping for a New Year.

Anne Wilson Schaef

So what I’m doing to keep the newness of 2013 in mind?

  1. Remind myself not to let the ceaseless drip of other demands diminish the joy of the new and a new year.
  2. Be grateful.
  3. Practice newness.
  4. Have an air of expectancy that 2013 will be even better than 2012 (which was a very good year).

Gretchen Rubin suggests choosing a word to set a tone for the year.  A fellow blogger, Claudia, does the same and provides other links that were helpful to her.  Some also call this their “one word” because it helps them stay focused on what they want from life.

For 2011, my word was “gratitude”; 2012, it was “serene”.  For 2013, my word is “curiosity”, i.e. “an active desire to learn or to know”.  That will help keep the newness in the year for me as I practice curiosity and explore new things.

So I’m still wishing people a Happy New Year if I haven’t talked to them since the holidays.  I also remind myself freqently to enjoy the ride and see this January as the roller coaster cresting the hill, getting ready for another wild ride of fun, beauty, and laughter.  And best of all, I laugh, love, and take each day as it comes.

I didn't realize that seagulls migrated until I started doing my lunch photos.  These birds disappear during the summer.
I didn’t realize that seagulls migrated until I started doing my lunch photos.
These birds disappear during the summer.

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21 Comments Leave a comment

  1. It is a healthy thing to look to do new things- not necessarily for the sake of doing new things, but rather to keep yourself from just doing the same old things again and again.

  2. Thank you for this, you’ve challenged me here! I’m like you in that I look forward to the “new” year but very quickly the new gloss wears off and it’s back to the same old same old too soon. I am going to think about this one…how am I going to reinsert the “new” into the new year? Good question!

    Good luck with your curiosity theme this year too. I look forward to seeing how your curious year unfolds :)

    • Wow Pam – that’s a great comment – thank you! I’m glad I did the post! I’d really wondered if it was relevant to anyone except me and apparently it was. Thank you so much for the comment!

  3. I am sure you will keep this year ‘new’ with your curiosity. It’s a great word. I chose kindness for my word this year as one of my goals is to consciously practice kindness. Where were the pictures taken? It looks interesting.

    • Kind is a great word and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it for your theme this year.

      The pictures were taken along the James River in Richmond, Virginia by Brown’s Island. That’s where I walk for lunch and I take a fair amount of pictures there that you see in my blog. It’s not overly picturesque, but it is nice. It’s more of a tourist attraction for bands and events than it is a garden.

      Here’s an aerial view of it:'s+island+richmond+virginia&ie=UTF-8&ei=VVX9UO7hF86N0QGktIH4DQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAA

      It’s not very big, but the sidewalks extend quite a ways on both sides of the island (along the canal) so I can get in a good walk during lunch without having to go in circles.

      • What a great place to go for a walk. Are the brick pillars the remains of an old bridge? Today I did a book signing in Richmond, British Columbia, about 30 minutes from my home. I always find similarities like this amazing.

    • Yes, those pillars are from an old bridge. I have the name somewhere but can’t seem to find it. It was from the Civil War era. It really is funny that you live so close to Richmond yourself – just not my Richmond!

    • Love and laughter are a much better to spend my life than grumpy and whiney. Not, of course, that I would ever do that :)

      I’ve been practicing curiosity. It’s been small things so far. . . I haven’t really formed any plan for execution, but am just remembering so be curious about things and not be glossing stuff over. I do need to put some thought into it and put together a post.

      • It seems to me that I have heard a few things about “being curious” over the past few years. Ah I remember…asking questions when trying to understand someone’s prespective(especially our kids). The “professionals” call it being curious. Sounds like a fun word to explore over the year!

  4. Hi there,
    Thanks for the New Year well wishes. I send them back to you. your number 1 resonates with me. I don’t have a word for 2013 as yet but I’m not worried about it. I’m confident that it will come to me when the time is right. Best wishes for a 2013 that becomes curiouser and curiouser.

    • Thank you! I got enamored with using a “word” because it helped me when I was trying to be more grateful, but as with any idea, it’s not right for everyone. And you’re so right about the word revealing itself later in the year – I didn’t realize until last fall that what I was practicing last year was serenity. This year was a more deliberate choice.

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