In Roman mythology, Janus (or Ianus; "archway") was the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. His most prominent remnant in modern culture is his namesake, the month of January, which begins the new year. He is most often depicted as having two faces or heads, facing in opposite directions.
Ok, so why am I referring to this? Well, every January I am reminded of Janus - as a symbol of a new month in a new year, but also as a reminder that....
According to legends, Janus was granted a gift of seeing the past and the future as a reward of his hospitality from the god Saturn. He is frequently used to symbolize change and transitions such as the progression of past to future, of one condition to another, of one vision to another, the growing up of young people, and of one universe to another. He was also known as the figure representing time because he could see into the past with one face and into the future with the other. Hence, Janus was worshiped at the beginnings of the harvest and planting times, as well as marriages, births and other beginnings. He was representative of the middle ground between barbarity and civilization, rural country and urban cities, and youth and adulthood.
Many, many years ago, I sat in a corporate classroom listening to an instructor explain to about 15 of us just how Janus, conceptually, played a role in our success as future businessmen. He initially went into a yarn talking about Janus funds and investments ideas - but he showed us a picture of Janus, explained his past to us, and he also explained how our past also positioned us for greater success. It was "our works" - from choosing to value education and seeing our way through it, to our past experience working in a corporate environment - that provided the necessary expertise that allowed us to be sitting in his exclusive classroom. Man, is this guy Saturn - dude is really vain huh? He's actually cool - his lesson made a lot of sense at that time. He also did something really cool. He went on to explain how our minds are programmed to connect our past failures to help us filter, or mitigate potential unforeseen roadblocks that lay ahead of us. In other words, success is measured and strengthened by how we learn from our mistakes.
Fast forward to 2010. No, that job did not position me for future success as dude promised - I was laid off due to the tragic event that occurred on 9/11/01. I can't fault dude of course so he gets a mulligan.
But let's think about this in a different perspective - instead of business and work, I thought about my life in retrospect, and now in 2010, I connect my past with my here and now. Can we simply toast away our 2009? Do we bid adieu as we bring forth the goals and resolutions for a better 2010? As we celebrate our 2010, do we take a moment to reflect upon the journey itself? What symbolizes your journey?
Major Holidays of 2010
- January 1 – New Years Day
- January 7 - Orthodox Christmas
- February 1 – Imbolc, a Cross-quarter day (Celebrated on February 2 in some places)
- February 2 - Candlemas commemorating the Purification of the Virgin. It marks the liturgical end of the Christmas season.
- February 14 – Chinese New Year
- February 16 – Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras, end of Mardi Gras / Carnival season
- February 17 – Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent)
- March 1 – Holi, a religious festival in India
- March 17 Saint Patrick's Day (National Holiday of Ireland)
- March 20 (21 in the Far East) – Vernal Equinox, also known as Ostara
- April 4 – Easter
- May 1 – Beltane, a Cross-quarter day
- August 1 – Lammas, a Cross-quarter day
- August 11 – Ramadan begins
- September 8–10 – Rosh Hashanah, the "Jewish New Year"
- September 10 – Eid ul-Fitr
- September 17–18 – Yom Kippur
- September 23 – Autumnal Equinox, also known as Mabon
- November 5 – Diwali, a religious festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism.
- December 12 – Virgen de Guadalupe
- November 16 – Eid al-Adha, a religious festival in Islam
- December 25 – Christmas
Enjoy your two thousand ten? Or should it be, "enjoy your twenty-ten (?)"
two thousand ten... twenty ten.... maybe two thousand one o??