“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” ~ Charles Lamb, English essayist and poet
Of all the wit and wisdom I’ve read about New Year’s Day, the quote by Charles Lamb is my favorite. So much of what’s written about New Year’s is about the opportunity to start anew, but only if we can break free of something that’s chaining us to the past—a bad habit, a poisonous relationship, a flaw of some sort. When you think about it, don’t most New Year’s resolutions focus on overcoming something?
“I’m going to quit smoking” or “I’m going to stop eating so much after dinner,” or “I’m going to quit putting off fixing the leaky kitchen faucet.”
But what if we started the New Year thinking only about potential? When we are born, on our actual “birth” day, we have no past full of vices, mistakes, or regrets. We have only our future to create and shape and mold. At that moment of birth, there is no past to be patched, only potential that’s yet to be discovered.
As you start 2007, give yourself a “birth” day gift. Really give yourself a NEW year, untarnished and unblemished and exploding with potential.