LOOKING BACK,MOVING FORWARD
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Bye, Eighteen, Welcome Nineteen!
Twenty-first Century Crosses a Milestone
M G WARRIER
Nothing spectacular happened in 2018. Still, the year has left enough lessons for 2019.
This year (2019) will close leaving this Century with no option but to behave seriously. All excuses of a child and a teenager will be withdrawn from this millennium by the midnight of December 31, 2019.
2018 has left 2019 with instructions to enjoy, learn, work hard and earn 2020 all the rights of a major. 365 days or 52 weeks plus one day or 12 months are long enough period for anyone to change habits, learn new things and prepare for the next year.
Let’s start the year recalling “Promises to keep…” by Robert Frost:
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright 1923, © 1969 by Henry Holt and Company, Inc., renewed 1951, by Robert Frost. Reprinted with the permission of Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
Source: Collected Poems, Prose, & Plays (Library of America, 1995)