The Other Side

A New Day

It happens every 365 (sometimes 366) days. We have arrived at a new day, a new month, a new year. People welcome the new year with traditional celebrations and make resolutions to kick off the start of something new. What makes this new year any different than all the others that have come before in our lifetime?

The dictionary defines “new” as: 1. of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being; 2. of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time. In a sense, a year is nothing new, but this year is new as it is something we’ve never seen before. 2024 is appearing for the first time.

How do we make the newness of this year different from all the others? Rather than making empty resolutions just because we’re supposed to at the start of a new year, how do we live each day with a fresh sense of what it means for the day to be new?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the routine of daily life – go to work, cook dinner, clean the house, watch the kids, time for the weekend, back to Monday. So how do we see the monotony as a new opportunity?

We must change our perspective. Every day is a new day with new mercies. Every day, even if we’re doing the same thing, is an opportunity to do better. Every day is a chance to enjoy life and make memories. A new day brings new joy and new hope. It’s a new day.