The term “to turn over a new leaf” is used to refer to making a new start. It is often used specifically to describe changes in personal behavior which are made with the goal of being a better person. From the sound of it, one might think that this phrase is related to freshly budding green leaves in the spring, which carry a pleasant image of renewal and fresh starts. It actually refers to turning the page of a book and it dates to the 1500s. The implication is that one is turning over the previous page with the bad behavior, and starting anew on a fresh page. Allegedly, when accused of substance abuse, Oscar Wilde once said that he earnestly intended to turn over a new leaf, but he hadn’t gotten to the bottom of the page yet.
So, did you turn your leaf over yet? It’s a new year. Most like to make ‘leaf-turning’ resolutions right about now. If you’ve been procrastinating flipping that so-called leaf, I think life will give you a little time. The chief beauty about time is that you can’t waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are all right there waiting for you. Perfect, unspoiled, as if no one had ever wasted or misused a single moment in all your life. You could turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
Here’s a bright, new day. Complete with 24 hours of opportunities, choices, and personalities to contend with. A perfectly matched set of 1440 minutes. This unique gift, this one day, cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded. Shouldn’t we at least handle it with care? Make the most of it? Treat people with respect as we’d like to be treated? Go on… give it a shot. Turn over that new leaf. I triple dog dare ya!
- Leafs set aggressive tone in first practice of New Year (thestar.com)