Sunday, January 5, 2014

new beginnings

"for last year's words 
belong to last year's language
and next year's words
await another voice"
-- ts eliot

“write it on your heart 
that every day 
is the best day in the year.”
 -- ralph waldo emerson

i've spent almost five months in switzerland today. 

the oldies are leaving in less than a week.

the newbies are arriving just after that.

it's crazy, unbelievably crazy, and it makes my head spin to think that so much can happen in just five months.

you can learn a language,
and adopt a family,
and adapt to a culture,
and learn to LIVE in a country that is not your own.

in just five months.

and every day i realize again just how much i have learned, just how much i have left to learn, and just how many days i have left to do it.

there are plenty of resolutions to improve upon... study german, read more, stop eating so much chocolate, send more letters home... and yes, those things are important. 
but to me, the new year isn't so much about improving as beginning anew.

so here is my resolution for the new year:
seize the moment.
seize the day.
seize every little amount of time that's been given to me, every opportunity that lies in my path, every blessing that comes into my life.
every new beginning.
because in the end, we don't have that much time.

so i want to make the most of it.

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