2019 Winter December 31 Tuesday

26  Degrees this morning, (feels like 19) 80% humidity

Cold and rather nasty day yesterday.  Day started at 34 degrees, high was 47 degrees, wind make it colder. 

Office day yesterday so I avoided most of the bad weather.  Hopefully today will be much better, since I have a field day.  It isn’t looking good this morning thought with a start of 26 degrees! 

My cough , etc., is much better, hopefully the medicine is working well.  I would love to get rid of it all together.  

I did order some face masks to help with cold weather.  Hopefully I can get used to driving with the face masks on.  Of course I can’t wear them into businesses! It may or may not help.

2019 will be over in just a few hours.  I really haven’t given it a lot of thought, except that the year 2020 always seemed far into the future and now it is suddenly here.  I don’t have any forecasts or qualms or even any New Year Resolutions, although I normally don’t have a New Year Resolution/s, since I kind of do that during the year.

I have been thinking of my favorite quote to repeat in December. I probably will repeat it when I retire, or have a major change in my life.

Quote from “And the Mountains Echoed”

“Now I was free to do as I wished, but I found the freedom illusory, for what I wished for had been taken from me. They say, Find a purpose in life and live it.  But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind”.

I first saw this in December 2013, right after a major change in my life and it resonated in me as what I had done for 37 years suddenly changed, literally in a few hours. 

Over the last six years, every time I review this quote I am still struck at it’s powerful message that perhaps only I can see, but if I see it still bring a tingle to my brain.  

As life progresses, I think I see the different aspects of this.  Frankly, I’m not sure if I understood the book all that well, but the quote hit me like a stroke of lightning and I will never forget how it affected me when I read it.

It relates to  another favorite quote, “The World Without End is Ending.”  I thought of this during one period when my life was dominated by an unreliable water tower that was close to be back porch, not extremely close, but close enough I could tell if the water level was low.  I always checked the water tower when I stepped out to see if it was low enough I needed to call Public Works to check.  Then one day I suddenly didn’t have to worry about it anymore, I was not responsible for it.

I saw a copy of the book in my library the other day.  Maybe it is time to read it again.

That’s it for now, Tuesday, December 31, 2019. 

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