The earth spins, the seasons wax and wane, lake beds overflow or dry to crusty earth...change, the constant. Yet, we call it a new year, the good ol' Gregorian overview of how to divide the sun's rays and note the 13 veils of the moon.
1 January: The first official day of the year in the Gregorian calendar used by most countries. Eight of the twelve biggest Eastern Orthodox Churches which have adopted the Revised Julian calendar – Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Romania, Syria, and Turkey – also celebrate 1 January as the New Year. (Wikipedia)
Moss on cedar can tell you the time, as does the muddy belly of a white swan. Celebrate each day. I'm waiting for the dragon.