“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
What is it about a new year that makes us yearn to do things differently and, hopefully, better? Is it the sentiment of the Holidays that makes us relook at the truly important things in our lives? Is it because we often pause to reflect back on the previous year, which allows to see things we might have done differently? Or is it the simple physical presence of a new calendar — a fresh, new slate, so to speak? Whatever the reason, the start of a new year is often full of thoughts of new beginnings.
Not everything we do is a new beginning, though, because of decisions we have already made. We can, however, affect the outcome of something by simply making a choice to take a different path. Poet Carl Bard phrased it well when he said, “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
Think back to a life-changing decision you made. Now think about the other options you could have chosen. Perhaps you took a job right out of school rather than going to college. Maybe you joined the military. Perhaps you debated between a 2-year and a 4-year school and chose the 4-year school. How might have the outcome been different if you had chosen a different option?
Most beginnings can take one of several paths towards completion. Sometimes, especially when things around us change, we need to change direction midstream. What things in your life are heading in the right direction? What things should be redirected down a different path? Are you content in your personal life? Happy in your professional life? If not, what changes can you make to affect the outcome?
When we get caught up in life, it is too easy to jump from one thing to another without taking time to evaluate where a particular path is leading us. Take a few minutes this New Year’s holiday to see where your paths are leading you. You may be surprised at what you see when you look ahead to one year, three years, or five years down the road. It’s never too late to change direction — we just need the foresight and the courage to do it.
Happy New Year!