December 31st to January 1st:
- It’s been one day.
- It’s been 24 hours or 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds.
- We’ve taken one more spin around the earth’s axis.
- We traveled 1/365.25th of our orbit – or 1.6 million miles – around the sun.
- Our heart beat another 115,000 times.
- We took another 20,000 breaths.
- 365,000 people were born.
- 150-200 species (plants, insects, birds, or mammals) became extinct.
- And, a mayfly could have lived its entire life.
The calendar did switch from 2018 to 2019, but one day is still one day and we can choose how we will spend each one.
The New Year often comes with a lot of goal-setting and reflection and resolutions. The pressure associated with the New Year seems manufactured to me, but the reminder to pause and check the path that we’re on seems worthwhile. We have the power to make changes if we’re not where we want to be or who we want to be. Every day we wake up with a fresh start and a chance to try to do better and to try to be better. January 1st is no better day to start than December 31st was, but today is better than tomorrow.
I wish you a happy day and a happy year!