A New Year

New Year’s celebrations, prognostications and resolutions have never seemed all that important to me. The first day of January is simply the day after the last day of December. It’s another 24-hour period, one day of 365 or so. The planets continue to revolve around the sun as they rotate on their axes.

Our current calendar system is based on the Julian calendar, which was introduced in 46 BC by Julius Caesar and went into effect in 45 BC. Before they figured out that it actually took our earth 365 and one-quarter days to complete one cycle around the sun, it was believed that a year lasted 355 days. To correct their miscalculations, they had to add 10 days to a year to get to our current cycle. To account for the quarter day, every four years one day is added to February, resulting in a “leap” year.

This information serves to persuade me that the countdown of the final 10 seconds of 2006 and the beginning of 2007 are not magical. The new year will not ensure that I exercise regularly and reach my goal weight, nor will it make me a millionaire.

In reality, every day can be a brand new beginning. When I awaken in the morning, I realize that I have been blessed with the gift of life for another day, and I am grateful for it.

I also have the opportunity to make choices that can effect change in my life. I don’t need the numbers on the calendar to change. Today is a good day for a new beginning. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

May each day of your coming year be filled with gratitude, determination, faith and compassion.

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

January 4, 2007