What a Difference a Year Makes


“It’s easy to waste time, but hard to be generous with it.”
Mildred Binns Young

Recently, I’ve been thinking about new beginnings. I guess that’s common with the start of a new year. I’ve also been thinking about how much can change in any give day, week, month, year, or decade.

In my 50+ years on this planet, I’ve only been able to figure out a handful of things. One of them is that time will pass, and another is that things will change.

I’m reminded of a quote by Arnold Bennett:
“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour
are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”

So, if time will pass and things will change, do we have the ability to influence time and change? Well, according to Bennett, we can turn over a new leaf every moment of every day, and how we spent our last few days, months, or years does not determine how we will spend the next hour.

This viewpoint gives me much hope in our troubled times. We can change ourselves and our world by envisioning the next hour, the next day, the next week, the next month as something very new. This moment IS new, and it will never come again. As Dan Millman says, “There are no ordinary moments.”

As 2019 dawns, we find ourselves in a rapidly changing world. Time will pass – this day, this week, this month, this year. And so I am reminded once again that change will come as time passes. Let us turn over a new leaf, and begin again to create the relationships and communities that we want to populate our lives in the days ahead.

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