End of Yule

As we approach the end of Yule, we prepare to start a new year. As you close out your celebrations, it is time to include some planning.

The end of Yule is usually accompanied by a feast. This is a celebration of the lengthening days. We acknowledge that the warmth of the sun is returning. We celebrate a world reborn. Are you reborn as well?

This is a good time to think about your future, at least the next year or so. Do you need to make changes to your daily routine? Do you need to alter your goals to match new information. This is the optimal time to make those plans and, hopefully, implement them.

It is also a good time to reevaluate the people in your life. Sometimes we acquire friends and associates who are not in our best interest. It may be time to communicate the need for specific boundaries with some of them. With others, it can be time to strengthen the relationship.

While considering the changes, keep in mind that it can be difficult to be objective about one's self. You can think about that, but that doesn't mean that you can't make your best guess about your situation. Be prepared to make decisions and move boldly, but also be ready to make mistakes. The mistake is only really an issue if you are too proud to admit it and fix it. Either way, making no changes just out of fear of mistakes is not a good idea.

In the Havamal, it says, "A sleeping wolf gets no bone nor a sleeping man victory." This implies that you cannot find success without making the effort. Life is all about effort. Here, at the end of Yule, is a great time to reevaluate your effort.

Don't forget, the end of Yule is also a time for a feast. Get your cohort together and party up.