Why do we celebrate turning a page of the calendar from December to January? I’ve never known anyone to celebrate March turning to April or September to October. Have you?
I decided to do some research because there must be reason. I found a few interesting facts among the plethora of information on the web.
"The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him - it cannot fail” ~ Walt Whitman
The quote is so appropriate for this time of year and for each day that follows. Around the world, Jewish people start to celebrate Chanukah the night of December 12th and Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th.
While the two groups have different religious beliefs and traditions, they both include gift giving on their holiday.
Many people search for the perfect gift to give. They go from one store to another, checking websites in between, to find something specific or to get an idea. What can I get for him or her becomes the mantra.
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream is a pre-school song we all learned that evolved over the years to our singing it with others; singing in a round with each voice beginning at a different time and ending with “life is but a dream”.
The song made me think about learning to row a boat. It’s difficult to learn how to use both oars at the same time in order to go straight. Even if we use one oar at a time they have to be timed just right so we don’t end up going around in circles. We have to learn little by little, one step at a time, with patience and practice to get it just right.
The process of trying anything new is no different; always a challenge that takes patience and a time investment. A positive result happens more often than not depending on the effort we put forth. Playing the piano the first time sounds nothing like it does after a month of practice or six months after that.