December 24th, 2007

2007 - 2008

Last week I briefly wrote about the distinction between being complete and being over or ended. Rereading it, I was completely struck by its incoherence. I apologize.

Here’s the distinction: People often think that when something has ended, it’s complete. Wrong! They also think that when something is complete, it’s ended. Also wrong!

Consider 2007. Many things will be over when the year is over. But are they complete? Complete means “ having all necessary parts, elements, or steps ”, i.e. that nothing essential is missing. And many unnecessary parts may be missing.

But how about things being complete and not ended. From the definition, you can see that it is possible to be complete and still go on and then again complete and then again…

So let’s look at three things:

  • 2007 – That’s strictly a chronological identification. And it’s also symbolic. It’s useful to look at the next two things and either be complete, declare a thing complete and ongoing or declare it incomplete – and here’s the tricky part, be complete with that.
  • Look at each of your goals and go through the same exercise. Give yourself permission to revise each goal, either the conditions of satisfaction or the new date.
  • This is the toughest one. Look at each relationship you have in the same way. Be complete, declare completion or declare incompletion

You will then be in a very different condition from which you can look at 2008. What do you want next year? What are your intentions to have? What are your goals for 2008? Under this kind of categorization, you can have the first two, wants and intentions, for other individuals, other groups and communities. My suggestion is that you put all of these lists away except for your goals.

Consider that your goals are each a commitment to action. And the rest are up to God (and seeds you’ve planted.) After making these lists, in a week, 2007 will be all but over and you will then have a good start on 2008.

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Happy Holidays

Useful Quotes

 The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.

If you don't know where you are going. How can you expect to get there?
Basil S. Walsh

 A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Larry Elder

 What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Creative Corner

Wait ‘til next year

Michael Lipp

When I was young
And rooted for dem bums,
this was our ant’em,
sung by Hatpin Hilda
and the Brooklyn Sym Phony;
but then one year we won
and I was lost.
Where had next year gone
And I was left to have new dreams
But they did too
They moved away, way
West to LA
and everybody changed.
Bums were not allowed
in this city of the angels
And so I learned
You cannot wait ‘til next year
To build new dreams
For me.
Ain’t up to dem,
Dem bums,
It’s always up to me

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