It’s New Year’s Eve. 2013. It’s over, well almost. I have a few more hours in 2013 to log a few accomplishments, to make up for things I didn’t do, should’ve done, could’ve done, or made excuses because I simply did not do them. Or, I could dwell on the things I did, the things I did well. Instead, I will move forward, trying to remember what Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German writer and philosopher, wrote long ago:
“Every man has only enough strength to complete those assignments that he is fully convinced are important.”
Goethe, wrote a lot, significantly more than I have, especially in the past year. Like Goethe, I have time for what is important, what is necessary, and what I need to do.
I am at the cottage. We are all at the cottage. W, Ivy, and I drove up Sunday morning. He drove the first three hours, all the way to Grand Rapids. No stopping, just driving. He did well. Of course it was early Sunday morning, the roads were clear, and all the really bad drivers were, elsewhere. That’s why Sunday mornings are the best day to drive, it is a bad joke, trust me. O and b were here when we arrived.
It’s always relaxing to be up north, away from home. O has been skiing every day since she’s been here. All of them took off skiing yesterday with our friends. They came home late last night and I had dinner ready – prime rib, mashed potatoes, and caramelized carrots and onions. I had been busy while they had been out – cooking and other chores. I called Julie and my mother-in-law and caught up. I took Ivy for a walk in the snow, and I began writing my thank you notes. I still need to finish them, but I’ll mail the notes I wrote yesterday when I am out this morning.
Tonight, we are hosting New Year’s Eve. I am cooking and the kids will have a great time. The adult’s will, too. We’ll stay up late and ring in the New Year. It will be a good time.
In the meantime, I have one more day, one more opportunity to make a difference, one more chance to make 2013 count. Goethe wrote prolifically and there are hundreds of quotes attributed to him, but among them are:
- “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least.”
- “He who moves not forward, goes backward.”
- “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.”
- “Nothing is worth more than this day.”
I had better move and move forward. There is much to do, there always is. Today is gonna be a great day, possibly the best day ever. So, I had better jump up, jump in and seize the day. Because today is gonna be a great day. As Goethe put it, “nothing is worth more than this day,” nothing. Making the Days Count, even when it is the last day of the year, because each day is the last day of something or the first day.
It all depends on how you look at it. What are you going to do with your last day of 2013? Or, what did you do with it?