KVV | A Note from our Director

January 9, 2023 Kapp Van Wyk Van Zyl Inc

KVV | A Note from our Director

Whether you are excited about 2023 and looking forward to what it may bring is probably a very personal and subjective perspective. Hopefully you are looking forward to the year for a specific reason. Maybe you are getting married, or you are counting the days to the birth of your grandchild. Maybe you are starting a new job, or finishing your studies or moving to a new house. Or maybe you are just relieved about the prospect of a new chapter or a fresh start in your life.

Whatever the reason may be, I think the bottom line to that feeling of excitement boils down to two things – hope and purpose.

The turn of the calendar to not just the 1st of a new month, but to the start of a new year can be very symbolic and with that have a very psychological impact on us. As you take off that old calendar from the wall or from your desk and throw it in the dustbin to replace it with a brand new shiny one on which no notes or scribbles have been made, you are filled with the sense of a new beginning. That shiny new calendar without the coffee cup stains or marked dates or reminder notes symbolize a fresh page in life. You sigh a sigh a relief as you put the past literally in the trash and smile upon your bright new shiny future.

The reality, however, is that you are not a different person on the 1st of January than you were on the 31st of December. The turn of the clock past midnight did not have a magical fairytale kind of effect which turned the pumpkin into a shining carriage and the mice into majestic horses. The you that you carry into the new year, is the same you that you were last year. And let’s face it, none of us really knows what lies ahead for us in the future.

What is it then that is so magical and mystical about the New Year?

Personally, I think it is one key element – a choice. The same choice an alcoholic makes when he attends his first AA meeting. The same choice an ex-drug addict makes anew each and every day to not use drugs. The same choice a grieving mother who lost a child makes every day to get up and get dressed to take care of the rest of her family even though her heart breaks in a million pieces. And on a lighter note, for most of us, the choice to keep to our new year’s resolution of going to the gym every day.

You see the choice is a conscious choice towards a new beginning, regardless of the calendar date. The calendar date makes it easy, as it is customary for us to look at the new year this way and make new year’s resolutions. But if the choice is not a conscious, infallible, determined choice then we will fail at it like most of us do at our choices to start a diet or an exercise plan.

I come back to my first point about those lucky enough to have exciting prospects for the New Year. I believe that two of the fundamental things we need to carry forward in life, is hope and purpose. And if we can make a positive choice to make that new beginning we so long for, and with that focus on hope and purpose in our lives, then 2023 has all the possibility to bring us deep and powerful meaning and positive change, regardless of politics, the economy and other world factors beyond our control.

May 2023 be filled with lots of blessings, love, happiness and prosperity. But most off all, may you continue to choose every day to hope and to work toward your purpose.

Mariëtte van Zyl | Director

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