Janus is the ancient Roman God of Doorways often portrayed as having eyes, a nose, and mouth on both the front and back of his head. Usually considered an insult, being two-faced is his greatest asset. As the god of all doorways he was able to keep watch simultaneously on both the events of the past and the possibilities of the future. There is great wisdom in being two-faced like Janus. We learn much in life when we closely examine our mistakes and miscalculations of the previous year, while at the same time carefully making plans for the coming year.
January takes its name from the Roman god Janus and acts as our doorway between the near past and the now of the future. On this last day of January take a few minutes to review the important events in your life from last year. Ask yourself honestly what you wish you might have done differently in your home life, work life, and spiritual life. With these revelations in mind plan this coming year carefully to avoid repeating negative situations from your past. Keep track of your progress during the year by jotting down important milestones in a journal. For some reason the act of writing these thoughts down seems to will positive accomplishments into reality.
Finally, I must mention the great influence my close friend, Jan Ault, has had on my way of thinking along these lines. Whether by fate or design he was named for the Roman god Janus (albeit the Anglicized version!) and exemplifies the best qualities of looking backward while planning forward. Jan has shown me the real value in planning your life ahead and following those goals closely. This is absolutely critical. Without this tool it is far too easy to become complacent and soft with our daily existence. The days slip by without number and we find time has left us behind. Thank you, Jan!