In the course of a calendar year there are actually three “new years” we all experience.
One is January 1st. Fairly universal, unless you follow a unique religious calendar.
The second is your birthday. That day marks your own personal new year.
The third is the start of the school year, even, if you are like me, for whom school ended a quarter century ago.
But no matter how long ago your last “first day of school” was, every September still marks the beginning of a new year. Perhaps it’s your child starting school or your niece off to Western (like mine is) or a neighbour’s child entering their last year of secondary school. We all feel the start of the new school year.
The roads are busier. Our meeting agendas even busier. Even TV schedules are packed with the new fall shows.
There is no escaping it. September is the start of a new year.
But don’t fear. Let’s take advantage of it. Let’s use it to motivate us, inspire us, refresh us. Set some school-year resolutions. Take advantage of the fact that everyone is hungry to get stuff done, meet Q4 targets, get a head start on 2014.
So Happy New Year. Feel free to have a little party, some bubbly, a celebration. Nothing better than a perceived clean slate to get the engines fired up!