Since we're at the half way point of January, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the Roman God Janus, for whom the month of January is named. Janus is an interesting figure in that he has two faces allowing him to look forward and backward simultaneously (which is why mid-month is as good a time as any). Janus is also the God of halls and doors (which is where the word “janitor” derives) and the God of endings and beginnings.
Sara Anne Corrigan, a local columnist, wrote an interesting article on January being the best time to look forward and backward at life. “We are, as a species, blessed and sometimes cursed with the capacity to see ourselves, our lives, on a continuum…to contemplate our past, our present and our future (think about Scrooge’s odyssey).”
Corrigan suggests that January is the perfect time for contemplation. And where better place than the woods or some other natural environment for contemplation? Now is the perfect time to take walk or hike in the brisk air of winter (low of 0 degrees Fahrenheit here in Indiana today) and sloughing off the detritus of the old year and embracing the positive path of the new year. I’d even suggest taking out a little snack and Two Faced Janus (New Year Ale) from J.W. Lees and Co. Brewery as we examine the kind footprints we leave behind.
(Not sure the above clock is from L.W. Lees, but you take what you can steal)
“So here it is: January,” Corrigan writes. “A time to look back and a time to look forward. A time to forgive ourselves for those things we have done and those things we have left undone… time to have a chat with God… to remember the Serenity Prayer and embrace its wisdom. A time to plan, at least, to do just a little better.”
Sir Bowie “janitor of my own life” of Greenbriar