There’s something about the new year’s concept, abstract as it is, that makes it difficult to pass through without some acknowledgment of the possibility for a fresh start.
But fresh starts don’t always come easily. Sometimes we have to command ourselves to start new. It’s easy to feel that the season’s spirit should be enough to compel us into change, to motivate us to new and better things, but last year’s troubles don’t vanish in the light of a new morning. Sometimes we have to intentionally clear the cache, to mindfully wipe away the cobwebs of our current thinking and view the screen of what’s ahead with a new perspective—perform a hard refresh on our thinking.