January: a time for looking backwards or looking forward?


I guess it all depends on where you’re at in the month of January. Maybe the looking backwards has already been done at the turning of the year and looking forward to the year ahead has already begun.

January is named after the Roman god Janus, here in this statue in Vienna looking a bit grim and definitely two-faced as he surveys what’s behind him with a serious face. Yet looking forward into the eyes of Bellona, goddess of war, there’s a gentleness and softness to his features. Could he be trying to defuse a difficult situation? Trump claiming his big red button was bigger than Kim’s comes to mind.Janus, in Roman mythology, was the god of gateways, doorways, archways and new beginnings – you get the drift. With one face turned to the past maybe his wisdom would have been sought in bringing forward into the future the positive aspects of life experiences tasted in the year gone by. The face turned towards the future would be seeking out the new; a clean slate waiting to be drawn upon in creative, innovative ways.

Well, that’s my take on it anyway. In the face of so any challenges and changes in the world we live in, we need some breakthroughs. And positivity. Good will. Warmth. Sharing of resources for those in need. Less selfish moneygrabbing and protection of wealth by those who are not in need. I could go on…..


1 thought on “January: a time for looking backwards or looking forward?

  1. Reblogged this on Eyes in the back of my Head and commented:

    I wrote this post almost a year ago. Now here we are on the cusp of 2019 and the world is looking a slightly dodgier place. Excesses of Trump, war torn Syria, strife in Yemen, climate breakdown, and closer to home, Brexit. The two faces of Janus could fit neatly into the “looking backward, looking forward” of the title when juxtaposed against the widening rift between those who voted to leave the EU and those who wish to remain.
    I can personally look back and remember times were hard, challenging and not flush with the comparative luxuries we’ve become accustomed to for the last 40+ years since joinig the EU. I wouldn’t wish the post-war 1950s on anyone, yet sad to say there is still plenty of comparable hardship around.


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