A New Year Realization

I attended an excellent New Years party at the Antler house last night. Lots of karaoke and champagne. Dalton asked me to compose a short bit on time for reflection...this is what I came up with on 12-30-10:

And through the lines of time
Another year has come to pass
A time to pine on all things
That are different from the last
Reflect upon dynamic fads
The music and the news
Accomplishments that humans made
In their fruitless pursuits
And memories which you have kept
From this year and the past
The grudges that you always held
And those that didn't last
But also all the times of joy
And love for fellow man
When once again you were convinced
Of goodness in this land
But if we dwell on what is done
The things we cannot change
Then we forget to guide ourselves
Toward fortune, fear, or fame
And so we try to plan it out;
To have control of life
Idealize a perfect plan
With your ideal wife
Decide which things would be enjoyed
And buy them with a card
Accept the scripted humor and
Consume the processed lard
Direct which way your future goes
For better or for worse
Develop expectations for
Your net financial worth
And if by chance it doesn't work
Your dreams reduced to trash
Your mind will become bitter
And your lust for life will crash
So best you are to minimize
What you expect to come
While guidance can be helpful
You should only permit some
The future is an open book
Influenced by the now
Its not about what you could do
Or what you've done, or how
The choice you have is in the
Present moment of your life
So stop to smell the flowers
And forget about your strife
The journey is the destination;
Joy is in the ride
It really doesn't matter
What's ahead or what's behind
Time will stop for nothing
And it never runs reverse
Living in the moment
Is a blessing, not a curse
Make the most of every day
For each could be your last
Live to love and love to live
For time will move too fast
Make your resolutions and
Remember where you've been
Never stop exploring
And you're guaranteed to win.

I guess that captures the essence. Maybe I will add a couple of stanzas each year as my understanding of the world becomes more seeded in experience. The only thing I am sure of is that that nothing is certain. I hope this year is a great one for all of us...


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