Christmas is a time to clean, not a time to shop. It is when you get stuff out of your house not ...bring things into your house. Windows are washed, repairs to roofs are made, rugs & drapes are cleaned. Painting (both inside and out) is typically undertaken as the paint can dry without threat of rain and there won’t be dirt swirling about from the dry ground. My favourite home improvement in our neighbourhood is a little wooden house has been transformed from a pale blue into a bright fuchsia. It has livened up the house and the hill it is on.
Since all this activity goes on in December, January truly is the start of something new, the new season. In Canada January is (normally) a month where there is no new growth, little light and lots of cold. Yet we “celebrate” New Years as though this was just the best time ever.
When I am in Canada I teach courses on time management and one of the concepts I try to instil in my participants is that “New Year’s” is about the worst time imaginable to turn over a new leaf or make resolution. You need to change with natures natural rhythms, not because Hallmark has a card, or the gym has a sale. The right time to change in Canada is the spring, which is when we tend to do all the things that Grenadians are doing right now- cleaning out houses, raking grass and making way for the new.
This year instead of staying up late, spending all kinds of money (again) to celebrate an artificial holiday, follow the lead of nature, cuddle in with a good book, or blog, and relax. Choose your own New Year, be an April Fool and throw a party to celebrate all the things you plan to do while the sun hits your face and the birds are singing. I guarantee that you find you keep your resolutions whether they are to eat better (we will have fresh food), exercise more (you can get out and walk) or do more (you will have more sunlight).
For us we have no New Year’s plans. I will set goals and make plans when I am back in Canada, but here our path is set. Work as hard as I can for NEWLO and Cusi International, and get to the beach at least three times a week!