Ready or not, it’s here again: The holiday season, Christmas, New Year, winter, and cold weather … it’s all here. And to drive the point home, daylight is getting shorter, and the trees are almost bare. So, how does that make you feel and what are you waiting for?
Would you be surprised if I told you that I actually look forward to winter? Perhaps it is because of what it symbolises, the end of a season, and the beginning of another the Holiday Season auguring the New Year: a new start, a new chance to review past year, and a second chance at setting new goals.
If we look to the animal world, this is the time when many hibernate to save up their energies, tenable them to face life again when it is time to resurface. That is how I deal with winter too!
Since moving to England, 27 years ago, I have grown to appreciate the change of seasons. In my view, it sets a natural rhythm to our lives. You’ll never catch me participating in our “national sport”: grumbling about the weather!
Since moving to Dubai four years ago, I still look forward to this time of the year. The decreasing daylight hours are very quick and noticeable, as if nature is also forcing us forcing me to slow down hibernate, and change my daily patterns. This translate into having early evening at home, cuddling up with a good book, or catching up on my favourite TV series and spending more time with close family members.
In other words, I’m forced into “switch gears”, to gather my energies, get in shape and emerge renewed. For many, it is also a time of unity and harmony, when many religious holidays seem to take place. Diwali, Hijri New Year, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and soon we have the Christmas holiday season. Not bad, when the calendar seems to accomplish what we, as individual nations, find difficult to do – bringing us together in celebration!
So, what’s on your list for new goals for The New Year? And why wait for the New Year? Now is a good time as any to make a new start. I suggest that you make the most of winter hibernation, and:
- Pick up your pen (or key board) and start writing your ‘menu’ for the new year now,
- Develop and use positive affirmations,
- Give yourself a present and stack up on food for thought and order few books that you have not read until. To help choose, we recommend reading the latest book reviews on MerlianNews.com.
- Start a blog, and share your thoughts.
- Better still, why not satisfy your creative buds and contribute an article to PS Magazine – send your ideas now.
Wherever you are and whatever you do for the holidays –