Serenity, Wisdom, Courage

I always consider January to be the second new year of a year. Having had so many children, the first new year in my mind is September.

I look forward to January, not because of the weather – heaven knows January and February are frozen cold and snowy where I live – but because we are four months into the ‘year.’ It’s a good time to review the first four months of the academic year and make any course corrections that are needed to make the year a good one. Sometimes the changes are ‘do more’ in a particular direction. Sometimes they are ‘stop doing that’ because it’s not moving in the direction I had intended.

I’ve learned, as many of you have, that there are things that are in my control and there are things that are not. It’s taken a few years, with bumps and bruises along the way, to grasp the depth of Reinhold Niebuhr’s now famous quote: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

So, as we head into a new calendar year, I’ve assessed and am in the process of making course corrections. Here’s to 2015!

What about you? Which ‘new year’ has more impact for you? How does it affect you?

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