January 1st 2021

Written by Khurshed Batliwala

January 1, 2021

Many people will agree that it’s nice to think of 2020 as a thing of the past. It’s done with and over. There is a sort of a magic to new beginnings. But it is we who create that Magic. In fact, we are the Magic.

If you look at it objectively, nothing really has changed from 31st December 2020 to 1st January 2021 – has it? The sun will rise one more time over the horizon. It has been doing that for more than four and a half billion years.

It is we who celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. It’s something we have constructed to give each other a sense of time passing… otherwise what is there to really differentiate one day from another?

January 1st is just as special as February 19th or August 7th – or just as ordinary. The sooner we realize that it is you and me that make a day special – or mundane, the more wondrous life can become. Because then we don’t need to wait for January 1st or our birthday or some anniversary or Holi – each day can be made special and turned into a celebration. Simply because we decide it.

Then it can be New Year’s Eve or Christmas or Deepawali every day. There is no law that says it cannot be so. I guess this is what Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar means when He says Make life a Celebration!

Even so, it is January 1st today. And it’s almost time for January 2nd already. Too soon, it will be January 1st all over again. Meanwhile, have a wonderful New Year – may we all be blessed with Wellness on all levels of our existence and Wealth in all its different aspects. May we smile more and make the people around us even happier. May we Laugh, Sing Dance and Meditate. May we become the Magic we are.

Happy New Year 2021.

Jai Gurudeva!




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