The Difference between December and January

I have often wondered if there is actually any difference in the dates and months of the year. Do we just go from one day to another, month to month, year to year? What is the significance of all these changes? The answers and inferences that I got dazed me.

I discovered that the calendar never changes. Why? Because the calendar is inanimate. Non-living things cannot change – though they may deteriorate!  It is human beings that change the calendar, either by replacing the one on the wall/table, or by programming it electronically to update itself.

Also, I realized that people in ancient times never used the calendar, yet they are able to keep records of days and events and periods. They simply observe the rotation of the earth on its axis. This is what we now call ‘day’. They observe the difference between one full moon and another, or the number of days it would normally take the moon to circle the earth, this they found to be about 29.5 days, and this we now call ‘month’. Also, they observed that the earth revolves around the sun; more advanced observations reveal that it would take 365 days, 5 hr, 48 min, and 45.5 sec to achieve this; and this is what we call ‘year’.

Like it has always been, year-in-year-out, it would still take the same ‘duration’ for the earth to rotate on its axis, whether in December or in January, even in June or July. Also, in both months, the moon would still circle the earth in about ‘29.5’ days.

Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2009 © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation records that:

“In 45 b. c., Julius Caesar, upon the advice of the Greek astronomer Sosigenes…decided to use a purely solar calendar. This calendar, known as the Julian calendar, fixed the normal year at 365 days, and the leap year, every fourth year, at 366 days. Leap year is so named because the extra day causes any date after February in a leap year to “leap” over one day in the week and to occur two days later in the week than it did in the previous year, rather than just one day later as in a normal year. The Julian calendar also established the order of the months and the days of the week as they exist in present-day calendars.”

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adjusted the Julian calendar by dropping 10 days. This he issued into a decree and called it the Gregorian calendar.

The Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2009 stated further that:

“The Gregorian calendar, or New Style calendar, was slowly adopted throughout Europe. It is used today throughout most of the Western world and in parts of Asia…the Gregorian calendar was adopted in Britain in 1752…The British also adopted January 1 as the day when a new year begins. The Soviet Union adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1918, and Greece adopted it in 1923 for civil purposes…The Gregorian calendar is also called the Christian calendar because it uses the birth of Jesus Christ as a starting date. Dates of the Christian era are often designated ad (Latin Anno Domino, “in the year of our Lord”) and b. c. (before Christ). Although the birth of Christ was originally given as December 25, ad 1, modern scholars now place it about 4 b. c.”

Check out that phrase: “The British also adopted January 1 as the day when a new year begins.” What morale can you derive from this? The British named their first day of the year. So, you too can name your January 1; your first day of the year. This could be February 25 for you, or even November 13. You are a being, with a choice.

What this means is that December 2012 only reminds us that the earth has completed its revolution around the sun 2012 times after the birth of Christ. And of course, that you are getting older! Every other thing remains constant except for one thing: YOU!

The only difference(s) that would or should be between December and January is the one that you deliberately make.

To have a different year, therefore, you must be a different person. As you take break for this festive season, take out some time to be alone, and ask yourself this important question:

What must I do differently to make 2013 not just another ‘revolution of the earth around the sun’?

You may ask this question with respect to the following sectors of your life:

–          Spiritual

–          Mental

–          Social/Networking

–          Financial

–          Family

–          Career/Professional

–          Physical

–          Community/Service

If you can consider this, then and only then can John C. Maxwell’s words be true for you; “Only when you make the right changes to your thinking do other things begin to turn out right.

You may also read The Wonders of Imagination

To your productivity.

Dele Ayo Bankole

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