So we have arrived at that time of the year when most, if not all of us have started to create new year’s resolutions and goals. I am also part of the gang, except I started thinking about my goals for the new year back in October when a friend suggested that the last quarter of the year should actually be considered as the beginning of the new year. He said this under the premise that most plans for the year may either be completed or coming to an end, and according Newton’s laws it is best push an object that is already in motion.
I did that, wrote my goals for the new year down, even attached dates of completion to them. After all that hardwork, my procrastinative nature kicked in and it occurred to me that I still have time and that I should “rest” because 2020 has really “drained” me. So I gave in to this “need to rest” and cruised through the month of November because I deserve to recharge so that I have enough energy to begin the new year with.
Beginning of December I realized that goals mean nothing if one does not have some sort of a plan of execution for them. For instance, one of my goals in the coming year is to take part in three half marathons and one full marathon, this means that I have to be in the right physical condition to do so despite the fact that I have been stuffing my face with all sorts of December “cuisine” and my body has begun puffing out. I can only be in right physical condition if I start training now. So the goal is to take part in marathons, how I get there? By training as frequently as I can, Now! Nevermind the fact that these marathons might not happen in 2021 due to some pandemic that shall not be named(voldemort), but we have to remain hopeful that 2021 will not go to the dogs.
A while back I wrote a piece titled “I am Time” (https://magnogan.wordpress.com/2020/01/26/i-am-time/) in which I suggested that one is the past, present, and future. I put it to the reader that the past exists because one has been and that the future is a function of the present. Yes we have plans for the future but we can only realize them if we start working on them Now!
One of the underlying messages of my favorite book of all time, The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, is that the treasure is not the ultimate goal but rather the process that unfolds in pursuit of the treasure is. So our goals for the new year may seem important but they will not be as fulfilling if we just woke up tomorrow and had them in our possession. What brings more fulfillment is the process because the process begets becoming, and becoming creates ability. So when can we begin with our new year’s resolutions?Now! NOW is the time because honestly, tomorrow is not promised!
Long Live Love!