Good Morning. Good evening. Good afternoon. Whenever you are reading this, I wish you well. Good tidings and blessings to you, my friend. Welcome to the Year 2014. Every year we come to the time in which we reflect or disregard the past year and promise ourselves in the New Year different attitudes, different yet better results in life. How are yours coming along?
When the New Year came in, I checked my personal Facebook page (I am in the habit of placing motivational saying or affirmations throughout the day to remind myself and others of the positive things in life) in search of any new words of wisdom I may see that I can spread to others. I found a repeated theme and saying: “January 1 starts a new book and new chapter in our lives and we have the opportunity to rewrite our history starting from Day 1.” Now, I know what you may be thinking: It is January 8, 2014. I missed seven days of writing in my new book let alone a new chapter. I should have seen this article sooner. The author of this blog should have written it sooner. Whatever you are thinking, it is and going to be ok. There is no official rule book that states that one must begin a new book/chapter on January 1. It is only a tradition. The fact of the matter is that you should reflect upon the old and remember it only to improve yourself to become a better human being and serve your fellow man. Also, it should not only be limited to January 1. Reflection and improvement should occur throughout the year. It is only by habit that we feel compelled to do so in the New Year.
Why you ask? Well I like to research things. So as I was writing this blog for someone that has so graciously honored me by allowing me to be a guest writer on his blog, I researched two things: The Poem/Song of Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns and the History of New Year’s Resolutions. I am a true believer of learning my past to understand the actions and attitudes I have today. It helps me to better understand myself and to prune out whatever biases I may have learned that is hurtful to me and others. Please bear with me as I continue this ramble I will bring it on in soon. I promise. J
Anyway, let us read the lyrics to the traditional song we sing, hmm or just know the melody to: Auld Lang Syne.
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Ok? So what does this mean? Well, here is my take on it and maybe it will be clear why I brought it up in this blog. It is NOT telling us to forget our old acquaintances on the contrary; it is telling us to remember them. Now, isn’t there a saying: out with the old and in with the new? Yes, but we are to remember the happiness and the good tidings we have attained with the old. Learn things about ourselves and grow better and stronger. Let’s say that we had some bad influences, bad experiences in our previous life, previous year, previous month, etc…do not hold onto to the memory in a hurtful, painful way. A matter of fact, thank your Higher Power for the experience for it will make you stronger. Although understanding may not come quickly, you will be a person that can testify for another on how to live and love because of it.
The author of the poem admits that things have come between him and his friend or old acquaintances but during the year or time in which the memory of each other come to pass. He will raise his glass to his friend and he believes that his friend will do the same where he is and remember the pleasant times they had together. So whenever you hear this song, remember those who have been there for you the most; remember those hard lessons you have learned from those who torn you apart; remember those strangers that touched your heart or stories you have read in good will; for all those experiences were not in waste. They were for you. Maybe not the YOU, you were then at that present time but for the YOU, you are NOW. For the leader, you are destined to become for someone else or yourself.
Now where did the tradition of starting New Year resolutions come about? Well this may be a shock to some fellow Christians so hold on to your hats and remember DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. THIS IS HISTORY. Besides, I am just stating my observations. You can send your comments to me on my blog, nurevealyoga.wordpress.com. I will welcome your thoughts. Anyway, the tradition of celebrating the New Year began before Christian times with the Babylonians. They did theirs in March. It was changed to January by the Romans in honor of their pagan god, Janus, a two headed god which one head faced the past year and the other head faced the other way into the new year. He is the patron and guardian of gates, bridges, doors, doorways, endings and beginnings. Similar to the thought that Catholics hold of patron saints, it was believed and still believed today that if his statue was touched it would bring good luck. It was during this time that new year resolutions began with a moral twist. Once the Romans changed the national religion to Christianity, the New Year celebrations were no longer celebrated the same way by those who were of the faith instead the celebrated the Feast of Circumcision.
Then it is documented that the Puritans in America, no longer associated or even dare to mention the name of Janus instead calling January their first month. My information was provided by: http://billpetro.com/history-of-new-years-resolutions. He writes about other holidays as well. If interested in History as I am, maybe you should follow him.
Thus back to my original thought, the new year is not only a celebration or a reminder of something new coming but the beginning to a NEW YOU. So Happy New Year my friend. Happy NEW YOU! May your journey be unique, bring enlightenment to you and help you to become more aware. May your Higher Power lead you on your path through the Universe and lighten up your way to a better you for you and the world. Remember the attitude that this year, month, day is a new one. You can choose what you write in it and have faith that your Higher Power will lead you into new experiences that will benefit you in some way if not you others.
Bless you, my friends and may the Light in me, Honor the Light in you.
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