This morning I am not here. No, I am busy celebrating Rosh HaShana, the new year on the Jewish calendar. It is a time of reflection, re-dedication, and all kinds of other R-words.
I was thinking about how Rosh HaShana fits into my professional schedule and I got to thinking about the plethora of new years that I get to experience. First, my personal new year, the fiscal new year comes in July. Then we have the New Year of the instruction librarian, the beginning of fall semester. Then I get Rosh HaShana. Then, a little later we get the new calendar year, the beginning of spring semester. So many new years!
Sometimes we can fall prey to a thought trap that goes: That Project Is Good For Next Fall, I Will Start It Then. But if you've got the time, you've got the desire, you could be doing it right now instead of thinking about how great it will be when you start doing it finally after you've wanted to for months and months. By "you" I mean "me."
I've been saying yes to all of the awesome things (personally and professionally) and now my life is full of terrifying, challenging, rewarding opportunities. I recommend it. It's not comfortable, but that's not what being your best is like. I want to be my best so I've got to keep pushing.
You don't have to wait for any one new year to start anything. There is always a new year. Each new month, new fiscal quarter, new week, always a reason. You don't have to feel bad if your plans go astray. I like an actual new year as a time to take a long look and reassess, but it isn't right to put off changes you know you want to and can make until that time.
Start every day. Start today.
L'Shana Tova and