December 31 holds a special place in my heart for three reasons:
Completion – I like finishing things – marking a project complete, closing the books, etc., so it’s very satisfying to be able to put a big checkmark by an entire year as “done”.
Reflection – The week after Christmas typically brings a more relaxed pace than the rest of the year, affording me the time to “take stock” of the the last twelve months. Celebrating successes, learning from mistakes, and documenting all of this in my career journal. While any time is a good time to thank God for His blessings and provision in our lives, for me the changing of the year is a natural prompt for these prayers of gratitude. I’m convinced that our society’s future would benefit greatly from more intentional reflection and learning from our past.
Preparation – Cleaning my office, organizing files, cleaning up lists, getting my inbox to zero, and finalizing personal and professional goals for the coming year – I confess to finding great satisfaction in these. I always feel better when things are “in order”, and to me there’s no better time to restore order than the last day of the year. I figure if I can start the coming year well organized, I have a much better chance of keeping things that way.
How do you feel about New Year’s Eve? What are your year-end customs and traditions? What is your favorite day of the year?