Time to commit for 2008
Published: Monday, December 31st, 2007
“Tempus fugit” — Time flies, we usually say. A better translation from the original Latin, however, is that “time flees” (think fugitive). Every day, every second, every year passes as soon as we live it, and is gone forever. On New Year’s Day most people take the time, between football bowl games at least, to mark the passage of time, reflect on what has happened and perhaps on our expectations and wishes for the future. Like most other media, this newspaper in the last few days has done its own reflecting, noting some of the major events that have taken place in the past year. To be sure, time marches on, oblivious to the markers that signify the end of one year and the beginning of another. Indeed, the calendar is a human invention, and all nations don’t even follow the same one; to many people of the world, today does not start a new year. And yet, we all observe such markers, and they serve a valuable function besides reminding us that the Earth has completed another orbit around the sun. Within the continuum of time, today gives us an opportunity to clean house, as it were, to leave the past behind and turn our eyes to the future. We can stop roiling in regrets over goals we haven’t attained or projects we haven’t finished, and recommit ourselves anew to these or other goals for the coming year. We can choose at any time to start that diet, fix that broken chair or focus harder on our career or educational goals. But this is the day when more people actually make that commitment. Time itself might be timeless, but on New Year’s Day we formally let go of the past and march onward toward the future, filled with new resolve, and with new hope that this time we’ll see our plans through and reach our goals. We hope this annual rebirth of spirit inspires every one to make productive goals, and we wish everyone success in achieving them.
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