Irwin: Keeping the focus on the journey

I’ve never been much of a fan of New Year’s resolutions. We imbue the New Year with all kinds of significance, but our current Jan. 1 start to the year is a mix of the Egyptian solar calendar (365 days), tweaked first by Julius Caesar to the Julian Calendar and then by Pope Gregory XIII to what is now known as the Gregorian calendar, which Britain did not fully adopt until 1752. Our current calendar is thus largely detached from nature, beginning in the middle of winter, but as we have had it for centuries now, it appears here to stay.