Today is the first Monday of the new year in the common calendar. There are other calendars, and one of them may hold more significance for you, and that is not only ok, it likely means that you have a connection to a tradition, either cultural or spiritual, that means more to you than the rather arbitrary assignment of the secular “New Year”.
The honest truth is that the New Year is often hyped as a turning point, but it is ultimately just a chosen day, and we are free to choose any day to begin a new habit or break an old one. We must choose every morning to embrace our values and live into them. We have that power every single day.
You are Precious
Unitarian Universalism encourages us to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. You are a precious substance, and no matter what shape your life takes, you are always inherently valuable. Like metal that can be shaped into art, jewelry, a weapon, or a shield; the properties of the metal endure no matter how it is forged, and it can be reforged and repurposed by the right procedures.
This principle means that we affirm your ability to make different choices today than yesterday, and that no matter how bad those choices were, you can change your life each morning. You can choose who you want to be today and from now on. We also take on the obligation to encourage you in doing so. Part of that encouragement has to be reminding you of your own worth and dignity; helping you want to realize your personal best. We hope you will do the same for us as you are able.
We don’t expect perfection
Unitarian Universalism doesn’t demand that “your best” fit a certain mold; only you can choose who you are. Instead, we ask that you try, honestly and thoughtfully, to be your best each day with what resources are available and that you encourage us to do the same in return. That is the biggest part of our covenant to one another: to accept each other for who we are, but to encourage us each not to be content with less than what we can be. You choose what shape your life will take. We hope that our support helps you craft a life where your worth and dignity shine unquestionably.
And if you don’t make it today, try again tomorrow.
The I Am UU project is a grassroots, crowdfunded effort to make Unitarian Universalism easier to understand and share. We believe that the Principles of Unitarian Universalism are positive guidelines for sharing the Earth with one another; we believe that the more people who adopt them, even just some of them, the better it will make the world for us all. If you believe that is a worthwhile goal, there are many ways to lend your support.