The Universe is Older, and So Am I


1 January 2012

Happy 2012, one and all.

Quote for the year: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”

Tancredi says this to his uncle in The Leopard. We understand that he is speaking of politics, class upheaval, a way of life in 1860 Sicily.  For me, I think it has to do with aging (ugh).  Those things that I would want to “stay as they are” have to do with youth — forward motion, energy, vision, curiosity of the soul, a developing mind.  In order to preserve and nourish these, “things will have to change.”

Diet and exercise, yes. But I’m thinking more along the lines of “strategic spiritual self-nourishment.”  Not exactly sure what I mean by that, but something to do with giving things the time they need, resisting the temptation to rush or cut bate or shortchange.

As for looking back, if you haven’t seen the Year in Pictures 2011 feature at the NY Times, it’s pretty amazing.  Here’s hoping that Campaign 2012 doesn’t make a complete mockery of all that’s happened — what struggling people around the world have expressed — in 2011.




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