I’m not the sort of writer who creates a list of writing goals at the beginning of a new year. Instead, I’ll move forward into 2012 eager to see what each day brings. As 2011 ends, these three quotations from famous authors sum up how I feel.
“New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights”
Hamilton Wright Mabie (American writer, 1845-1916)
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
T.S. Eliot (British/American poet, 1888-1965)
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce (English poet, 1904-1983)
What inspires you as you enter a word-filled new year? Do you find it helpful to set goals and make resolutions?