I Love My New Calendar
I love my new 2019 calendar. You're probably picturing twelve months of kittens or various natural wonders. But I am actually not referring to the art or photographs. I enjoy the barren part, with the squares and dates on it.
As 2018 comes to a close and 2019 begins many of us will be saying, "Time flies!" or asking, "Where did the year go?" We wonder if we squandered time and if we are going to be more deliberate next year. Some will make New Year's resolutions and a few will even keep their resolutions!
The Rabbis advise in the Talmud, "Do not say, 'When I have leisure time I will study,' because perhaps you will not have leisure time" (Pirkei Avot 2:4). In other words, if there is something you believe will enhance your life or improve the lives of others, try to do it as soon as possible. If you tell yourself "It can wait; there is no need to do today what can be done tomorrow," you may find yourself pushing off what matters most onto a thousand tomorrows.
I love the empty boxes in the calendar because they remind me how every day is an opportunity to do something—and to do it now. The sooner we actualize our dreams and enact our hopes the more we live aligned with our values. And the calmer we feel. Life becomes more meaningful and purposeful.
Those who live in the now thrive. Happiest and most content are those who wake up every day grateful for another day and eager to do something that will make them feel like the day was worthwhile when they lay their heads on their pillows at night. Most fulfilled are those who do at least one thing every day they do not have to do.
No wonder in a nearby section of the Talmud, the Rabbis say, "The day is short and the task is great, the labourers are sluggish, the compensation is great and the Master of the house is urgent" (Pirkei Avot 2:15). Do it for God, or do it for yourself, or do it for the ideal of love.
Happy New Year 2019!