“Start the year the way you want it to end.” This is how my Chinese colleague approaches the Chinese New Year.
I love the idea of starting with the end in mind, which is why this afternoon I booked an overdue medical appointment while washing my kitchen floor. I’ve been catching up on laundry, addressing the little piles of clutter around the house, and generally bringing order to my world. At work, I’ve been focusing on those projects I’ve been meaning to get to, and wrapping up a few that were nearly done. Before I left today, I even tidied up my office.
It feels good. There is a measure of calm and order in my life that allows me to stretch in other places.
I’m starting this new year in a good place. My boys are doing well. Things are going well with my man. I’m exercising. I’m entertaining. I’m even writing a bit. I’m doing the things I love. And I’m pushing myself in new directions. I’ve spent the last ten days putting together an application package for a job that I would love. Even if it goes no further, the process of writing a CV, of gathering together the many threads of the work I’ve been doing over the past few years, of cataloging my skill set, shows me how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve accomplished. The process has been rewarding and revealing. I see now how much I have to offer and how ready I am to step into a role of greater leadership.
I’m beginning the Lunar New Year in a hopeful and happy place, in a calm and orderly place. It feels promising. And as Chinese New Year approaches, I wish for you a promising and prosperous Year of the Horse.
How are you beginning the Lunar New Year?