Okay…I’ll start by saying that, for many of you reading this, it’s not a “new year” per se. But, for students and for those of us who guide these students along their newly-forged educational trails, it is…or soon will be.
But…it could and can be a new year for anyone at any time.
“New,” for me, is when I do something for the first time. And life, in all its many forms is always re-creating itself…for me, at least. So every day is new.
With “new” comes the opportunity for change, for refining, for retooling…tweaking old routines, reaching out to old friends and acquaintances and refreshing relationships, adjusting the way certain things are done.
So I, for one, am celebrating the “new year” by having coffee with a friend (Curry College alum, coincidentally) who I’ve only known for a few years and lunch with another friend (not Curry College, but definitely a major player in my life) who I have known for more than a quarter of a century.
I’m also starting classes at Curry on the Tuesday after Labor Day…one class will be an “Intro to Mass Communication” class that will have around 30 folks…all Communication majors…who I’ve never met before, and the second will be “Publicity Techniques” (Writing for PR), populated by about 20 COM majors who have also taken my “Principles of PR” class before, so I know all of them…and am luring them into the PR Concentration!
And the day will have started with our Convocation during which we will welcome several hundred brand-new members of our Curry College community…our incoming freshmen.
This will be roughly the tenth year that I’ve done this…and it will all be brand-spanking new for me!
Why? Because my take on this is that every day is a fresh start on that wonderful adventure called “life,” and I will do whatever I can to enjoy and appreciate every minute.
The lesson here, Grasshopper, is that you can find “new” in lots of different situations. But it takes a little effort on your part…
- Same company…but what about that new client you’re supporting?
- Same workday routine…but what about the new software that your IT folks installed?
- Same responsibilities in your job…but what about your upcoming performance review?
This may sound weird, but I once felt like I was in a rut at what should have been a very cool job…bored senseless, not happy. I started coming into the office through the back door, passing the maintenance and supply areas…the “innards” of an organization…before getting to my own work area. That “new approach” reminded me of all the behind-the-scenes folks who made my own job easier, and it renewed my appreciation for their support…and for my own job.
Sometimes you just have to create your own special occasions…why not make this one a “happy new year”?
“New things are made familiar, and familiar things are made new.”
Samuel Johnson, “Lives of the Poets…Pope” [1779-1781]