Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Twenty Years from Now

As the year winds down, I enter a transition phase ... reviewing this year's journal, setting up the new year's journal and imagining what's next.  Since we're in a seemingly endless rain storm, it's a perfect time to be quiet and contemplative while staying dry and warm indoor.

As I was pasting collected bits and pieces into my journal, I came across this quote from Mark Twain:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines!  Sail away from the safe harbor. 
Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover!
  -- Mark Twain
Twenty years from now, what will I be disappointed about not doing?  Lynne and I have been talking about creating a "bucket list" but so far haven't gotten around to it.  This quote reminds me to take the time and do it.


  1. Christine at Abbey of the Arts is sponsoring another of her word for the year features, with a give-away. My word for 2011 is "connections". I'm not going to worry about the future; I'm going to do what I can now and to the fullest possible.

    Wishing you peace and prosperity and no disappointment in the new year.

  2. Hello lovely Joyceann, I too am focusing on a word. This year my word was redemption.

    I haven't yet 'felt' my word for 2011, but like Maureen, I'm going to focus on this moment now. In living life up in this moment of rapture.

    May your days be sunny and bright -- even in the rain.



  3. Maureen and Louise ... thanks for your comments which always make me stop and think.

    For me, thinking about what I might be disappointed about twenty years from now is actually an exercise in living "now." It's not worrying about the future, it's making sure I live each day as richly as I can.