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The Moments That Make Up a Year

Have you ever seen the musical Rent? There is a fabulous song whose lyrics always inspire me: 525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life?

What inspires me about these lyrics is the concept that a year is made up of 525,600 moments – lots of little moments that in the end represent one year of your life. For me this means there are lots of chances to be my best, to follow through, to appreciate my family, to be healthy and treat the children in my life well.

It is very common to set goals at the start of a new year. Many people identify what they want to do differently when a new year comes around. There is also a sense of a newness that comes with a new year that gives us permission to forgive our previous failures or shortcomings. A new year is a new day, right?

What I notice is that many people who make resolutions at the start of a new year become frustrated when a few days into the new year they have already failed to follow through with their new commitments. Once they fail, many will give up all together. It seems they quickly forget how many days and how many minutes make up a year.  There’s 525,600 minutes, which is a lot of moments to do it right!

With this is mind, maybe the best New Year’s resolution is to appreciate all the moments for what they are – 60 seconds that alone do not equal much and together can make a difference.  If we thought of moments in this way, would we be more apt to forgive ourselves for the minutes we fall short? Would we also be more aware of the difference each moment can make? It seems to me that we might.

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