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  • New Years Resolutions: No.3: Carpe Diem!

    On new years eve, one of my friend's put up a very inspirational quote on Facebook: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley.  It really struck me for two reasons: First of all, I, like everyone, have a book inside me, which has spurted out in bits and pieces of paper over the years but the thought of piecing it all together into something coherent, something that people could read and follow has been rather overwhelming.  The thought of writing a whole book, a whole book shrinks me to the size of Alice in Wonderland post "drink me" potion and I stare up at this gigantic hypothetical oneday someday book in wonder and leave it for another time.  However, writing a page is not so overwhelming, nor is writing 2 or 3 or 5 or 6 on a good day... and if you string all those days together, well then you'll have a book!  Whether it will be good or not is another story but at least you'll have a story (in writing)!  And secondly I think that quote is a wonderful metaphor that I would like to apply to everything I do...  So often I leave things because I think oh well I won't have enough time today to finish it so what's the point in starting but really all the little efforts add up to a greater picture and if you work at something little and often, the greater good is reached.  So my plan this year is to really live in and invest energy into the now rather than focus on the overwhelming ideal picture and hopefully we'll get there.  Afterall, as the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." He said this over 1000 years ago but it still stands true today and so I will remember to keep moving this year, page by page, step by step, day by day and see how far 2013 leads me through following the now.

    Some books which I've found inspiring along these lines are:

     

    "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle
    "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle, available at Amazon
    "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" by Susan Jeffers
    "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" by Susan Jeffers
    "Screw Work Let's Play" by John Williams
    "Screw Work Let's Play" by John Williams
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac

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