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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

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Hal Borland

Hal Borland was an American author, journalist, and naturalist known for his reflections on nature and the outdoors. In his 1964 book "Sundial of the Seasons," Borland’s brief observations and insights on each passing day combine to form a bigger picture of the changing seasons, and his words encourage us to reconsider our perspective on time and experience. While the conclusion of a calendar year may seem like a finite endpoint, it's ultimately just another day in a continuous journey. The value Borland places on all our lived experiences throughout the year — the big defining moments as well as the day-to-day minutiae — reminds us to keep an eye on the big picture and not get too caught up in pinning our hopes on arbitrary holidays. Every day can be the start of a “new year” if we so choose.

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