The best $5 I have spent in a long while…

I got a new desk pad calendar today.  It is nothing special.  Just one of those plain black and white ones that sit on top of your desk and have big squares that you can write in.

It was time.  I was on the last few days of my last sheet of my 2013 desk pad calendar.  The thought that I would be without my giant reminder of the days passing all too quickly unsettled me, so I had to ensure that I entered the new year prepared.

Here is the funny thing though, I am oddly excited about the new calendar.  It is the type of excitement that comes with new beginnings and fresh starts.  I guess it must be the allure of a whole new year as it is represented in those big black and white desk pad sheets.  12 new months of promise just waiting for me to live them.  Not that I needed a calendar to know that, but the calendar somehow serves to symbolize it.

The calendar is a blank slate just waiting for me to scatter pieces of my life throughout it.  It is, with its twelve brand new sheets, a reminder of all the days I will have in 2014 to accomplish great things.  I am struck by the notion that a year seems so big, bright, and glorious at its outset.  Lots of white space ready to be filled on a new calendar shifts the mind from just another day, week, or month to a new whole beginning.  It is an interesting phenomenon.

Sure, I know that January 1 is merely the day that follows the last day of December.  I know that there are no major changes forecast for my 2014.  I know that all of this excitement about the new calendar has a textbook psychological explanation.  But frankly, I don’t care.  I have a new desk pad calendar and it is ready to usher me into the new year with a clean slate. I am excited in a silly, deluded way and I am just fine with that.  It is the best $5 I have spent in a long while. ;-)

Day one thousand two hundred and seventy-two of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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