034 | The Secret of New Beginnings

Greetings, hero!

You’ve done it! You braved the treacherous roads and perilous paths of 2020, winding their way through the same twelve months in a year that is very unlike others in recent memory. While 2020 probably didn’t shape out the way you thought it would back in January, the most important fact remains: you are here. You endured. You made it through. As an old music teacher of mine once said, “at the end of a performance, crack a smile and take a bow—if you can’t smile because you did a great job, smile because it’s over.”

The New Year begins in just a few days. No, there’s nothing objectively ‘new’ about the days of the week. Monday will still turn into Tuesday, Winter will still turn to Spring, and as far as I know, the same sun will rise from the same side of the earth each day. 

And yet, despite the lack of anything really ‘new’, January brings out something new from within. It’s an opportunity: the knowledge that no matter how dark a year was, another one is upon us—one that could be dark again, sure. One that could be the same as the one before. But also one that could be different. One that could be better. 

We all instinctively know that while change is difficult, it is possible. Year after year, nothing changes, until suddenly, everything does. And each fresh start, each New Year, each new morning is another blank check from the universe, an invitation from life to step up to the plate and take another swing—no matter how wrong things may have gone before. 

So whether you approach the New Year with a heart full of hope at the new opportunity, or find yourself like so many still trying to recover, crack a smile and take a bow—even if only because this year is over!

May the road rise up to meet you!

The Mentor

The Letter from the Mentor is a weekly letter of encouragement and inspiration from your favorite old wizard, archetypal figure The Mentor. Full of advice, stories, and cheerful good will, the Letter from the Mentor is a weekly reflection on the greatest heroes of our time and those times before. You can read more letters below or sign up to get them in your inbox every Tuesday morning here:

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