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Surfing into a New Year

The annual question hangs over our heads like a big wave hangs over the head of a surfer: “Are you going to make a New Year’s resolution?”
I found myself contemplating this very question late last month while surfing a modest but beautiful north swell with my son, William, and two friends, Joe and Beth. The waves were clean with a light west wind. The air was chilly as was the water (at least for a Florida boy). It was just past dawn and the sun softly lit up the sky. The horizon was streaked with cotton candy pink and the burned orange of a pumpkin.
I glided on the face of the waves feeling calm and free as two baby porpoises rolled just beyond us. It was the stuff of dreams. Sitting outside, once again, and waiting for another wave, I thought about the coming New Year.
The celebration of New Year’s Day on January 1 was originally dedicated by the Romans to the god Janus. Janus was depicted with two faces, which simultaneously looked both backward and forward. Janus’ two faces repres…

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