The end of 2013 and the start of 2014: they are only dates, only points in time. But tradition and annual repetition have led us to declare such points important.
We make a lot out of beginnings and endings. Rightly so, as man is the meaning-making animal. Through such rituals as New Year’s Eve ceremonies and the making of resolutions, we teach — directly and indirectly — our children to create meaning themselves. Sometimes we forget they are also tuned into what we are teaching — or put more accurately, they are always learning from what we are doing, whether we know we are teaching or not.
May 2014 be a year in which our children learn joy, optimism, and how to make meaning that is uplifting, saving, and powerful. That would be a dynamic beginning.