It’s a new year. Just like with every year, January brings with it the promise of a new way to go about doing things and a new way to look about life as you know it.
January derives its name from the Roman god Janus. Janus had two faces, one that looked forward and and another that looked backward. It’s difficult to look ahead without assessing the past or at least taking stock of where you are now. That’s the function Janus played –he looked forward and assessed the past at the same time. That was his role in the Roman pantheon, the abilty to look back and ahead concurrently.
He guided over transitions and was the patron god of doorways; be they literal, abstract, sacred or profane. Janus looked over both plantings and harvests and his control of time ruled even Jupiter.
Excuse my segue into classical mythology, but what does Janus hold for you this year? One of the most interesting aspects to Janus is that his influence wasn’t considered to be automatic. Janus required the active participation of everyone he presided over.
Janus is gone these days of course. However his legacy continues in the sense that modern people look forward to a new year with an eye on where they’ve been. Every new year brings with it a new opportunity to change the way things are. What’s going to be different this year from the way things are now as you look forward?
Honestly and without invoking any old and discarded Roman gods, what are you looking for in this new year? How are you going to change life as you know it and make something different happen in the next 12 months?
What accomplishments are you looking forward to this year and what milestones do you expect to pass? How are they going to be different from the accomplishments and milestones you’ve already passed?
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