Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. ~Seneca
At the cusp of the new year, some of us look back and ruminate over milestone events, memories, and accomplishments; others look at the possibilities up ahead. In the spirit of compromise, I’ll do both!
Looking Back at 2017
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.― Bill Vaughan
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!~Joey Adams
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.~Mark Twain
Looking Ahead to 2018
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. –T.S. Eliot
I’m not the type to make lists and resolutions. All too often I don’t meet these goals and feel disappointed in myself instead of feeling good that I at least attempted to achieve them. But I do have some guiding principles that will stay with me into 2018.
Camus’ insightful words about the value of travel resonate with me. This will be a touchstone for me this year:
…this is how travel enlightens him. A great discord occurs between him and the things he sees. The music of the world finds its way more easily into this heart grown less secure. Finally stripped bare, the slightest solitary tree becomes the most tender and fragile of images. Works of art and women’s smiles, races of men at home in their land and monuments that summarize the centuries, this is the moving and palpable landscape that travel consists of.–Camus, Albert. Lyrical and Critical Essays (Vintage International) (p. 44).
I recently heard these lyrics in a Tom Petty song and they struck me as being very wise.
Most things I worry about never happen anyway.― Tom Petty
Strive for Good Health
Despite all the buzz from fad diets and new year’s exercise resolutions, we all know what good health comes down to: more exercise, more sleep, and eating and drinking in moderation. Shouldn’t we all tattoo this motto on the hand that lifts our forks?
Accomplish At least One Childhood Dream
I am going to keep having fun every day I have left, because there is no other way of life. You just have to decide whether you are a Tigger or an Eeyore. ~Randy Pausch
Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture touched me deeply. This brave man dying of cancer shares guiding principles that shaped his life and offers us advice about achieving happiness. One message in particular–about achieving our childhood dreams– resonated with me. I am determined to accomplish at least one of my dreams in 2018. Which one? Stay tuned and you’ll find out!
Source: Best Photos of 2017