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The Journey Forward: Happy New Year!

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The Journey Forward: Happy New Year!!

read on MICHAELWGUSKY.COM | November 1, 2022

Greetings Joysetters,

Happy New Year?!?!

Yes, you read that right. This time of year is about halfway between the autumn equinox and winter solstice. As Americans celebrate Halloween with costumes, jack-o-lanterns, candy, and very likely significant alcohol consumption, this time of year also has significant meaning for other cultures and beliefs.The Hindu Diwali Festival occurs around the same time marking their New Year. The ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain marking the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or "darker half" of the year that is held today and started last evening at sunset is considered by some as the New Year.

Regardless of religion or beliefs this time of year fills me with both dread and excitement. Dread because I live in Ohio. Very soon I will be enamored with the beauty of the first snowfall and then the dread of eventually being knee deep in it trying to clear pathways, the unsightly dirty snow piles along the side of the roads, and the lack of sunlight. At the same time I find excitement in the mysteries of the darkness and the future possibilities for when the light returns. As much as I complain about Ohio and believe that my future will be some version of a "snow bird" there is something to be said about the four seasons and the possibilities and gratitude these cycles can bring. I simply believe I would rather visit Winter for a couple weeks rather than live in it for months. :)

As I reflected on this time of year I was reminded of a post I wrote back in late 2019 just before the pandemic hit us and decided to repost it yesterday which I wanted to share with you today.

I plan on using this period of darkness to plan my next steps in the journey when the light returns with a few updates to the Joysetting process driven by my recent reads and rereads.

You can read the post HERE.

Happy Halloween, Happy Diwali, Happy Samhain, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This Week's Quote

Write on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wishing you health, happiness, and prosperity,

Michael W. Gusky II

Author of Joysetting. Curator of great books, ideas, & tools.


Hi! My name is Michael Gusky but you can call me Gus.

Author (actually more of a curator) + Writing about Life, Leadership, and Organization + Seeking balance in this crazy journey. + Helping others find their balance. + Creating Joy in the Journey + Admitted Workaholic + Able to go from the Mosh Pit to the Board Room in 3.5 seconds. Although at this age, mosh pits are neither a wise choice nor a regular occurrence.

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