Quote IconAnyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the battles of those two awful eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives us mad. It is the remorse or bitterness for something that happened yesterday or the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore do our best to live but one day at a time.
Richard Walker in Twenty-Four Hours A Day. Taken from writer, Austin Kleon's wonderful post: “Something Small, Every Day.”

"Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of your old life and into the new!"

–Kenneth Grahame, Scottish writer, best known for The Wind in the Willows.

Photo Credit: C. Santana, “They Disappear…”

With gratitude to chasingtailfeathers.

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Awaiting the New Year

Awaiting the new year
Soon we’ll feel the year running out
like a snake going into its hole.
Long, scaly, already half disappeared,
the last trace will go; who can stop it?
I might want to tie its tail,
but even trying hard I know I can’t.

Children want to stay awake;
Noisy, cheerful adults keep watch together.
The rooster will omit to crow at dawn
and the drummer too will respect the celebrations.
We’ll sit for a long time, until the lamp burns down to ash,
then rise to see the plow stars turned downward in the north.

Another year may be more than nature will give.
Worried, fearing I’ve wasted my time,
I’ll exert myself to the utmost tonight.
Young enough still, I prize that ability.

–Su Tung-P’o

With gratitude to Whiskey River.