We are almost halfway through the first month of 2017. The yearly family holiday a distant memory; New Year’s Resolutions already broken and forgotten…
Even if you do not follow the tradition of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ most people use the start of a new year to reflect on the year that has been and set personal and career goals for the year ahead.
But why is it that a new year evoke such deep philosophical emotions within human beings? After all, in astronomical terms there is hardly any difference between the 31st of December and the 1st of January. In the Southern Hemisphere the day is slightly shorter and the night slightly longer, but most humans probably don’t even take notice.
I think the answer lies in the promise of excitement and change that a new year brings.
In ‘The Screwtape Letters’, C.S. Lewis has given us some insight into this:
“He [God] has balance the love of change in them [humans] by love of permanence. He has contrived to gratify both tastes together in the very world He has made, by that union of change and permanence which we call Rhythm. He gives them the seasons, each season different yet every year the same, so that spring is always felt as a novelty yet always as the recurrence of an immemorial theme.”
“The pleasure of novelty is by its very nature more subject than any other law of diminishing returns.”
We humans are wired to respond emotionally to change, albeit positively or negatively.
May 2017 provide you with a positive experience and may you achieve all your personal and career goals!