Will 2019 Be Better or Worse Than 2018?

Will this year be better or worse than the year just ended?

No one knows. But what we do know is that it will be different.

We also know that it will be what it will be. And so much of what it will be will be outside our control. But not everything.

Concerning that which is within my control (at least partially), I seek to:

  • avoid big mistakes (and especially deadly ones);
  • live each day as if it is my last, as well as the first of many in a long life; and
  • flourish (more on that in my next post).

Of course, calendar years are mere arbitrary markers: constructs of humans to aid in our planning and scheduling of affairs. But the universe need not such constructs.

The universe relies on cycles (both short and long term) and seasons. And, indeed, human life is impacted by cycles and seasons, too. Far more than we are by the markers of a Gregorian calendar.

Being aware of where we are in the cycle and seasons is important — far more important than knowing the day, month, or year.

It’s easy to allow the calendar to dominate our lives. It’s easy to forget that awareness is far more important than schedules.

For many, life is fast paced. There is so much to do. And so little time within which to do it.¬†There aren’t enough days. Or enough hours in the day.

Aren’t there?

I’ve come to understand there is enough time. More than enough.

For everyone.

Including me.

I Wasted Too Much of My Life Doing These Two Activities

Time is the most precious gift we’re given when we come into the world. The gift isn’t the same for everyone. Some people are given little; some are given much. I’ve been given a lot, already having made it into my seventh decade.

Looking back, it’s clear to me now that I squandered a lot of this gift. I used too much of my time doing two things in particular that proved to be a waste: commuting and watching TV (or, more generally, what I call spectating). Continue reading