When I was in college my Spanish class professor told us about a tradition in Mexico. The first twelve days of January are supposed to foretell the success or failures of the entire year. The first day represents January, the second represents February, and so on.
I loved this idea. It seemed so exciting to be able to predict how my year would go. I always thought the first day was the most important because it represented January and all the other days were in January. Therefore, it was necessary to have a good first day.
I don’t know if it is really an accurate way of predicting the year as I don’t remember ever looking back on what day 12 was like when I started a December. Still, it is something I often pay attention to in the beginning of the year.
This year I decided I would put a little twist on it and use it as a topic for my blog. Trust me, blogging has been the furthest thing from my mind over the last few months and I want to change that. I want to be motivated to develop virtual relationships through the blogging community. There is so much I may learn and so many ways I may inspire others.
Today I woke feeling very eager to start the year. I really feel excited about the new year in a way I don’t remember feeling before. 2017 is going to be a fantastic year with all kinds of wonderful experiences and successes. My sister gave me many Christmas presents surrounding the idea of attracting abundance and I am a very big believer in the idea that you get what you expect to get, so I am expecting all things wonderful.
The first thing I did this morning was clean the dishes. I don’t know why there were so many in the kitchen, but there were and it took me a long time to clean them. It turned out to be a good thing. It was quiet and I was content to simply clean and not think about anything else. It was slightly meditative.
As I cleaned without thinking I looked out the window at the river. The water was beautiful and mesmerizing. The birds and squirrels were very active as though they were telling me they were ready to get this year started. It even seemed as though the trees were waving a happy greeting to me as the wind tickled them with the excitement of the new year.
I came to the understanding that January should be a month of Awareness. I desire to forget about the many journals filled with lists and expectations. Instead I hope to just live each day being aware of all the beauty around me. I hope to follow my own intuition and do what feels right in each moment without worrying about what I need to or should be doing.
I am not saying that I won’t do the things necessary for adult life, but instead of worrying about achieving the thrill of checking off everything on the to-do list, I am going to be happy in each moment doing what is necessary, like cleaning the dishes.
Happy New Year, may you be aware of all the beauty and love around you. May you have great success.
If you want, keep a daily journal for the first twelve days and see if it does portend your year. I would love to know how accurate it seems at the end of the year.