As I grow older, the new year’s event is seen more and more for what it is: a mere calendar page break!
By this I don’t want to minimize the effect that the change of year has on all of us (more for some than for others), I just want to say that personally I start to feel this change with the same (in)tranquility with which I feel every beginning of the day, every end of the day, every moment, regardless of whether it’s in January or December. I notice that, more than the change of the year, what matters to me the most and influences my being is the permanent change of every instant, every breath.
And the changes of season, with the enormous panoply of sensations and emotions they bring with them. No matter what day and month they occur. Also because with the undeniable climate changes, such division tends to be more and more uncertain. A good exercise to practice the acceptance of impermanence; the inevitable mutability of everything that lives.
Having said that, I do not redeem myself to make a small balance of these days that represented the past year, just to highlight what for me was more important during that long period of days, hours, minutes, … : people! All the people I have met, the ones I have only crossed, even if only for a glance, the ones who have influenced me and brought me peace and joy, the ones who have triggered me irrepressible reactivity and brought me discomfort, the ones I have influenced in some way, consciously or not, the ones who have affected me, whether they know it or not, all the ones I have turned to to be heard, supported or advised and who have given me their best attention and patience (not always an easy task for someone who, like me, talks a lot…), all those to whom, in some way, I have given the best support I knew, listening, welcoming or simply being present, and all those to whom, for various reasons, I have forgotten, no longer being so present or available but to whom I will always remember the fundamental role they played in my journey. Because that is what it is all about: we all influence everyone’s life. Whether it is in a more positive or less positive way. The evolution of the species is made by the gregarious community that we are. And the more aware we are of this, the more easily we can contribute to the reformulation of the calendar that represents the inevitable downward ramp that everyone’s life is. Making it more beautiful in its fullness. Living from a full cup; dying more freely.
To everyone, an excellent new year’ s calendar construction! And to all, my deepest gratitude!