It always seems that I gear up for momentous occasions/holidays/events, excited for the pivot point I anticipate it to be in my life, only to be met with disappointment and morning-after-let-down that it didn’t turn out to be quite as life-altering as I projected it to be.
And yet, I still herald New Year’s (new weeks, new days, etc.) with the hope that it will dawn bright and with faith that change is indeed possible.
The older I get, however, the more I understand that it’s not so much in the event that change is made. It is in the choice–regardless of the date.
To be different today, to be something better, to make something meaningful, to do something remarkable, depends not upon the occasion, but rather — upon me.
So while I’m grateful for the cycle and seasons of life and time that give me reason to pause and reflect, I find I’m particularly aware on this first day of our next trip around the sun, of where I am now, of what I want, of what stands in my way, and of the choices I need to make–deliberately from moment to moment–to actually live the life I have resolved.
It is not enough to want to make the effort. It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. -Thomas S. Monson