See you next year...

When I was a boy I found a time stamp and as I rolled through the years between my fingers I came to the last year on the wheel "1978".

I remember thinking "1978!?... Holy cow, I will be ancient in 1978!".

Now the wheel is about to roll over to 2011 and I still feel like that same curious boy who thought 1978 was so far off it would never arrive, though sadly the mirror is telling me a very different story.


If I have learned anything (and some may argue I haven't) it's not the passing of time that's the issue, it's the wasting of time... now that's the real problem, the avoidable sin.

If I could make a wish for all of us it would be that we not squander that most precious commodity.

In 2011 don't wonder "what if?", put it all out there.

Live, laugh, love, be loved, and gobble life up with both hands.

Don't assume that the people in our life know how we feel about them, let's tell them, leaving nothing unsaid.

Be slow to anger and quick to forgive.

We should put more effort into being happy than we do into being right.

Be the kind of friend we wish we had.

And as often as we can, let's perform an act of kindness for someone who has no way of paying us back.

Thank you for spending time here in 2010, your presence has enriched my life, and I look forward to seeing you in 2011.

A happy, hopeful, and healthy New Year!


Miguel Palaviccini said...

Happy new year everyone! I hope this year brings you as much happiness as you can wish for!

Jim Hayes said...

Happy new year Scott, and thanks for taking the TIME to share your wisdom with us.

Rafal Ziolkowski said...

Wise words Scott!

Happy new year and norwegian used to say: "Thank you for passing year" (no: "Takk for gamle år")!

photography by anika alonzo said...

Happy New Year!!!

Tibor Ogrizek said...

Happy New Year to all of you. Have lots of good light in 2011! Tibor

Tera said...

Happy New Year!

Mar said...

Yes, yes, yes, a happy new year to all of us who follow this blog. May we all aspire to be great photographers and inspire others by what we capture.

susan Carroll-Seger said...

It has been a pleasure 'sharing time with you'..Happy New Year..

Pamela said...

Happy New Year!!! Thanks Scott for this blog and all your great information and all your generous sharing.

half blind said...

Same to you, Scott. Take care.

upde said...

Happy New Year Scott - Loved your message. I'm reading a book now called "The Happiness Advantage."

One of the recommendations is that you either call, verbalize or send an e-mail to someone everyday with a compliment, kind word, or encouragement.

The dividends are amazing and it does wonders for your attitude as well.

Hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you. Thanks so much for your teachings.


Dave said...

Well said!
Happy New Year!

half blind said...

I love what you wrote, Scott. Just copy and paste the text into your last post of 2011 and it will still be eminently relevant and essential. Thank you.