Since this is a first day of the year post it has to be about the resolutions I have made for 2013. Being a list maker you might think that my list is quite long but you would be mistaken. We are all the slaves to the calendar so when we turn from one year to the next it seems a nature time for changes. I am no stranger to changes; in fact I most often embrace them! This year my list of changes is quite short. I don’t know if that is because I am starting to see the end of the tunnel now or for some other reason.
It used to be that my list of changes was quite long but since I have now managed to give up most of my vices either willingly or because of doctor’s orders I really don’t have but a couple of things on the list for this year. 🙂
The most important one is from a Gandhi quote:
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
The first part of this quote is known in many different forms. There is “eat, drink and be merry…” There is “live every day as if it is your last”. “Live every day as if Jesus is coming tomorrow”. There is no shortage for advice on the first one. I think I have done a pretty good job of living as if I would die tomorrow, at least for the last few years. The second part is the one that made my list for 2013.
The last part of this quote/resolution is I believe uniquely Gandhi. One of the things that I sometimes struggle with is I think why I don’t just lie back a live off all the knowledge I already know. Why do I continue to try to learn new things? Why not just say enough is enough and just sit back and veg out? I don’t expect that I am unique in this regard. These thoughts are primarily due to laziness on my part. But to veg out is almost tantamount to saying I give up. To not continually grow is to become stagnant and that is definitely not the way I want to end my life.
So, I pledge to continue to force myself when necessary to learn as if I would live forever. There is always something new to learn and someone wiser than me (and that’s about everyone) to learn it from.
Have a safe and Happy New Years ….