We often look to the New Year as a special time to begin again. We give ourselves the chance to revisit the places where we’ve failed or fallen short, and we set new goals and dream new dreams.
We typically call these our New Year’s Resolutions. They are always well-intentioned and designed to make us more of who we want to be. Yet it’s very typical for us to start off the year with momentum and then slow to a crawl or even completely stop within a few weeks. This is such a prominent pattern that the internet is often bursting around this time of year with articles, videos, and blogs telling us how we can finally make it work this year, encouraging us as to how this year will be different, or showing us how to set the right resolutions so we don’t fail. And yet somehow we seem to revisit this story year after year.
So what is so special about this particular time of year? Why is this time seemingly more important for new beginnings than any other time throughout the year? The beginning of the year on January 1 is based on a calendar that was first introduced about 500 years ago, but the date is fairly insignificant and has changed over time. It really only signifies that we have traveled one more time around the sun. But this is true of any moment throughout the year. We are always completing a yearly cycle around the sun from where we were a year prior. We each celebrate this on our Birthdays, whatever date they may be on.
No matter the date or time we are always in the same spot we were a year ago. This can often seem to be true as we start to falter on our New Year’s Resolutions. We can be thinking to ourselves, we’re right back where we started.
But is this true? That depends on your perspective.
The earth spins at around 1,000 miles per hour.
We travel around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour.
Our galaxy spins at 490,000 miles per hour.
And our corner of the universe is expanding toward the Great Attractor at about 621 miles/SECOND! (Source.)
We may be in the same place in relationship to our sun as we were a year ago, but we are far, far, far (far, far, far) away from where we were in relationship to the center of our galaxy, or from where we were in the universe last year. Just think, we are 621 miles away from where we were when you started reading this sentence!
We are never back to where we started. We have never been in the same place more than once, never in our lifetime. We are always growing, expanding, moving. We may feel static at times, but the signs of change are there. They may be subtle and hard to notice, but if you think about it we don’t notice that we are moving at 621 miles/second (thank goodness!).
In those areas of your life where you feel you aren’t changing, take the time to look again. What was different than it was a year ago? How has my experience of the world changed? Has my behavior changed, even just a little? Have my thoughts changed, if only subtly? You can’t help but move forward. That is the nature of the universe, and you are not separate from that universe. You are OF the universe. Just hang on, go with the flow, and enjoy the ride!
So if you soon find that you’re falling behind on those resolutions, or feel like your stuck and life is going nowhere, just remember that you’re 621 miles away from where you were a second ago, and 621 x 60 x 60 X 24 X 365 miles away from where you were last year (that’s 19,583,856,000 miles!).