The Most Unsurprising Surprise


The moment some wait for and others dread – another year. I read another post about how one guy will not make resolutions for the year on just one day, but he will continue to make each day better than the next. I think that is a worthy goal. I made plenty of resolutions last year and can say on the last day of this year I am nowhere near where I saw myself – perhaps my farsightedness isn’t as great as I thought it was.

Or it’s right where it needs to be. I recently finished a book, The Swerve, by Stephen Greenblatt that tells the reader not to dwell on the nostalgia of the past or in the hopes of the future. Your best bet for living the fullest life and being all you can be is to live in the moment, the present, the here and now. And remember that we can only change ourselves – which may in turn help change others.

As I move into next year I won’t have a set number of books to read, miles to ride on my bicycle, or words to learn in Spanish. I will make the most of each hour of each day – striving to make the next more productive. In the end, the goal will be to have more numbers, more smiles, and more experiences. My plan is to not limit myself with set numbers now and instead work harder towards my present – the gift given to all of us daily – and something I can appreciate more by giving up over 9 hours of my day six days a week at a temporary job.

Question of the day: How will you show appreciation for what evolution has worked so hard to deliver to this sliver of time we’ve been given?

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