"Nothing stays the same and nothing changes. What is old today will be new tomorrow. What is new today will be forgotten tomorrow."
We humans love to measure time and to reflect on where we have been and where we want to go. If we have not published our first book by the time we are thirty, we may never publish a book. If we live to be sixty, we are suddenly over the hill and unemployable. Unless, of course, we are running for President.
My time on this planet has taught me that as much as things change they still remain the same. What once was old comes back in fashion. And what we believe to be new and exciting will soon fade away. The story you are writing has been written before. The painting you are painting has been painted before. And yet each of us must believe that we are the first. That no one has done this before.
Yesterday, I quoted Gladys Taber who in her lifetime published more than 60 books. Yet, until yesterday I had never heard of her. We may be celebrated in our lifetime but forgotten after we die. Or we may be unknown in our lifetime and remembered for hundreds of years. Time has a way of playing tricks on us. We think we have mastered it and it sneaks a way from us.
As you reflect today on what happened to you in 2011 and dream about what will happen in 2012, remember that nothing stays the same and nothing change. Don't worry about the passing of time. Be happy with who you are and whom you have become. Celebrate the new year with open arms.