Using Janus as my guide
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Now that we're just about into January of 2010, I feel it's a great time to reflect on who Janus was. "Janus was an ancient king of Italy. He was a native of Thessaly, and some writers make him the son of Apollo, others say Coelus. He built the town of Janiculum. He is depicted with two faces because he was acquainted with the past and the future. He presided over highways, gates, and locks. His temple was always open in time of war, and closed when peace reigned."
At the passing of the old year, we look back at what we've done with our lives, and then turn around to face the future. How we approach the new year is important, setting the tone for how we live, making the present count with every moment. Thinking about what Janus presided over, I see life as a highway that we must travel on, willfully, with vision and a good heart. We will face locked gates, but we will also open those gates with perseverance and faith in our ability to succeed. Remember, it's not the destination, it's the journey!