Thoughts On the New Year

I don’t know about everyone else, but it’s going to be difficult to get used to writing 2016.

Now there are people who like to hang photos on the walls, or display pictures of friends and family around their home, I have never been fond of the practice. It does however, provide a useful comparison. If you look at a photo of yourself from a year ago there are likely to be changes, good or bad.

Whether we admit it or not, physical changes come with the passing years.  We are born, we live, we die. As the French say, “C’est la vie!” It is life. We experience physical changes of time: the greying of hair, the wrinkling of skin, the deterioration of strength, but what else happens?

At one farmer’s market I had the chance to be set up next to an older Italian gentleman. He and I would have good conversations between customers, chatting about this and that. Once, he said something that has stuck in my mind, “Some people age and grow old, some people age and grow wise.” It’s not an original thought, but I liked enough to make it a rule.

We have a choice as we grow old, as the years pass us by regularly, we can accept the change of time without improvement, or we can take the time and bend it to our will. Time is the great equalizer, no matter a man’s station in life he still has twenty four hours in a day.

If we live let it be of use, let it be in the pursuit of greater things! Use the time you have to grow, not simply in age, but rather grow virtuously.

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Benjamin Franklin, a man with great belief in the power of virtue. – Source –

Virtue is in it’s essence character, it is what makes a man or woman who they are. Can you look back over a year and see how you developed your character? Not simply your intellectual ability, but did you become a better person? Man is a creature with near endless potential for improvement, it is the one benefit of being naturally degenerate. Take each year and each day as a chance to attain that improvement.


A year is generally composed of 365 days, each with 24 hours. Each New Year we have new chances, each new day brings new opportunities. Your choice is what you’re going to do with them.


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