From our daily newspaper, The Press, 1st January 2014, Thought for Today
Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. ~ Thomas Mann (1875-1955)
Being mortal as I am, I spent this morning replacing my old calendars with the lovely new ones I have received. And because our former minister always said it is good to have occasions to look forward to from the beginning of each year, I have started to mark all the birthdays and special days that will come in 2014. (There’s a surprising large number of them 🙂 ) Knowing, and seeing, that there will be good times ahead helps us to handle the not so good times whenever they appear.
So it was ‘goodbye’ 2013
and ‘hello 2014’:
first of all from a calendar made by The Rudolf Steiner School, in Sydney, where my brother teaches;
next from a calendar of New Zealand, beautifully photographed by friend, David Dobbs ( with apologies for my poor rendition of his superb portrayal of Moeraki Boulders ) ;
and, lastly, a ‘ hello 2014’ from Sethsnap in Ohio, with his special blogger-chosen calendar, which will remind me of the seasons and holidays of the US, where most of my viewers live.
Do you see my first calendar entries for 2014? Yes, there they are…One birthday and one reminder; my nephew’s birthday… and a ‘don’t forget’ to take your Vitamin D.
And thus the counting down of 2014 has begun, with the marvellous and the mundane… and without pistols 🙂