Today, I imagine a summer home on the shore sometime back in the 20’s or 30’s. Sheets are being placed over the furniture,windows are being locked, and the clock that marks each quarter-hour of each day from May to September is winding down. Soon the house will be still. It and the clock will sleep soon after the footsteps die away. Though they sleep and relish the quiet, each will keep an ear perked for the return of their family and the adventures that the next summer will bring.
One day in May (probably on a Friday afternoon), children will bound up the front porch stairs and burst through the front door. The silence and the solace will be broken. The clock and the house will gear up in short order for the excitement, the dreams, the drama and the thrill for life that its inhabitants bring with them. They have no choice in the matter. This is life!
Winding Down and Gearing Up is a common theme – both romantic and refreshing. I reflected this morning that Thanksgiving brings with it a closure of sorts. We pause for a few days to be with family and friends. We slow down and are reminded of the bounty and blessings in our lives. Come December 1st, it’s catch as catch can in terms of business productivity. There are office parties, and holiday shopping and winter storms and such. To me, Thanksgiving is the beginning of the end. It’s a winding down.
In stark contrast to Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day in the Midwest almost always brings a blast of crisp, fresh air. It harkens fresh starts and demands our attention. On January 1st, the cozy glow of the winter holidays is over. Gear up. It-is-time-to-get-to-work. The clock starts once again. The end is over. January 1 is a new beginning.
What is the new beginning you intend for yourself in 2011? Indulge yourself during the next few weeks. Imagine what accomplishments and changes you want to be sharing at next year’s Thanksgiving table. Come January 1st, we’ll get moving on your vision for your future.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments.
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