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Time has spread its wings once more and brought away with it the remnants of 2013, so now we are cast into the embrace of 2014 - almost too soon.
New Year is the time when a new calendar begins, traditionally on January 1 every year, on the Gregorian calendar system and adopted by worldwide as the universal calendar. Hence, here begins a fresh chapter of another 365 days - the time it takes for planet Earth to rotate around its axis.
I quote one of my favorite poets T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets - "For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice."
How do you welcome the brand new year? Have you made plans to attend New Year countdowns at various beautific sites? Have feast with your family and friends, or travel overseas? Or quieter celebrations or parties at home, cosily with just your loved ones?
How would you look back at your 2013? Has it been a year of fulfillment, filled with joyous memories and you are sorry to see it go? Or has it been a year of disappointment, filled with setbacks and memories you could not wait to get rid of?
If 2013 had been a nasty year, fret not. For Oprah Winfrey said, "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."
Cast away the old, welcome the new!
What are New Year's resolutions? They are basically secular traditions originated in the West where a person makes good his / her promise to make changes or improvements in the new year ahead.
Have you also made your resolutions for the brand new year? Are there old habits to kick or new goals to attain?
Have you achieved any of your resolutions made last year, and the year before?
For me, they're merely guidelines to set the directions right. Real attainment comes with efforts, and a set of circumstances we are not able to foresee before the year unfolds - hence resolutions really serve merely as reminders for me.
Having said all that, I wish you all a very Happy 2014 New Year filled with happiness and good health! Let's clink glasses and make a toast together to welcome 2014...