So it’s finally here, the first day of the last month of this very weird and unstable year. We’re almost done! I know many who are anxious to see it end, I even saw a post on twitter the other day of people who grouped together to end the year early on Nov. 29, 2009. El site se llama “Leave 09 Behind” y lo encuentran aquí. “Porque el 2009 estuvo más feo que usar calcetines en la playa”, dicen.
Since I’m looking for a little inspiration, and since it’s a Tuesday, I just thought I’d share these words by the wonderful T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) considered one of the best poets and writers of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.
I read this every now and then, when I need to get my hopes up…like the last line says. “For us there is only the trying.”
Keep the big dreams alive for 2010, my friends.
And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling.
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times , by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate- but there is no competition-
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain or loss
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
(fragment, Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot, 1943)