My classical background is never far away.1 The ancient Roman god, Janus (Ianus in classical Latin), always comes to mind at this time of year. He was the god of beginnings, transitions, time, and doorways. Many attribute the name of the month January to him because January is the beginning of the new year. Interestingly, Janus was depicted as having two faces,2 one looking back to the past and the other looking forward to the future. He resonates with our custom of pausing at the beginning of the new year to reflect on the past year and to commit to new resolutions as we move forward.
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