Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
— Hal Borland
This message should be posted to you on the last day of 2015. This day of trading out the calendars, replacing the old marked up calendar with a pristine, empty one, seems more significant than other days, precisely because we are marking an end and a beginning. The night will become day just as it always does, but this last night “completes the set” so we look it over before we put it to one side.
Looking back, I thank you all, gentle readers, for your business and companionship over the last twelve months. I hope that your travels have brought you enjoyment and growth, and that you feel more a part of the great wide world now than you did a year ago. Your interests have created growth edges for me and helped me build a better toolkit and reference shelf for serving clients in the future. You have also inspired me to explore new worlds and to revisit old favorites. Yes, working as a travel agent is a lot like working in an ice cream shop. Everything you request looks good to me, too!
Looking forward, I hope that you will continue to grow, to expand your horizons, and to enjoy life to the fullest. Are there projects you want to complete this year for sure? Have your holiday conversations with friends and family started new plans in your travel imagination which you had not seriously considered before? Now is the time to get serious about which new horizons you will seek in the next twelve months.
The new year is just beginning. There are 366 days in this one, so you really should plan an extra day of travel sometime during the year. (It’s like passing GO and receiving an additional $200.) If you need inspiration or fresh ideas the Virtuoso website will give you all the enticing ideas you can hold in two hands.
Tomorrow and all the days that follow are only as much of a new beginning as you make of them. “More of the same” is always an option if that suits you. My preference would be to build some really notable landmark events into the year, and to put those markers in place while the year is still very young. Otherwise, pfffft! The year is gone before you know it.
What will you have to show for 2016 when we get to the end?
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
31 December 2015