year ends – year begins

Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
–Galatians 6:9

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

Peace and Good Will

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet the words repeat,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had roll’d along th’ unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bow’d my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

‘Til ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

great and noble tasks

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
Helen Keller

Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. Eccl. 9:10

success, happiness & music

Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing,
you will be successful.”
Albert Schweitzer

Music washes away from the soul
the dust of everyday life.

– Berthold Auerbach