Friday, 6 January 2012

Why is New Year important?





How many of us have thought we can reset everything by changing our wall calendars on New Year's Day?

The year begins on January 1, but long ago it began in spring – start of the farming cycle. Still today, the Japanese use the expression 迎春 (welcome spring) in their New Year greetings. Cultures and civilisations through the ages developed in isolation, but their largest festivals were in spring. No doubt, spring was and still is important for humans to reset themselves.

So, what is your New Year's resolution? Mine is simple. As long as I am healthy and happy, everything will work out. Not knowing what new encounters and possibilities the New Year holds is exciting. One resolution I make every year is to build on the previous year's achievements and experiences and make the coming year an even better year.

The Japanese version first appeared in the January 2012 issue of the goodspeed monthly newsletter.

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