Sometimes society perplexes me. For instance, I have never really understood why November is about thanks, December is about giving, and then January is all about ourselves. Shouldn't the thanks and the giving, the gratitude and the generosity, continue through into our newly marked calendar year? Shouldn't exchanging with others extend into these professed new beginnings? Wouldn't it be better if self-centeredness took a backseat as we individuals in and of a larger collective embark on a new 12-month journey?
The typical New Year's resolution craze focuses on endless lists of things you can resolve to do to make yourself better in January. These usually concentrate on weight loss, torturous diets, painful fast styled cleanses, extreme exercise, and expensive beauty routines.
Yet for the two months leading up to the new year, also known as the month after the last day of December, we have had a polar opposite focus—one of and for others rather than of and for ourselves. Why the hairpin turn, and more importantly, what does it truly imply? Nothing good, I would argue.