“Every new beginning comes from another beginning’s end.” ~ Seneca
Well, it was a wonderful way to see in the New Year – the weather in New York was comfortably chilly, which made for an even more enjoyable night out sans any sign of a cold snap, slush or snow. Relaxing with excellent company over a bountiful dinner against pristine, million dollar views of Manhattan was pure indulgence, as was the endless champagne sipping, midnight strolling and fireworks watching. Welcome twentytwelve!
Such a good start to 2012 was further enhanced by two fellow bloggers, Pleasantries & Pit Bulls and lpphotosblog, who have nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award. It’s an honour to be recognised by such thoughtful and inspiring authors+photographers in this way and I thank them both for giving me this New Year’s present!
As I recently posted on this award, I’d like to dedicate this post to the two blogs as my token of thanks. It is a showcase of images from New York that I have entitled, Turning to a New Year. From the lights of Brooklyn and Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, to the perfect day that became New Year’s Day, the photos provide a night & day glimpse of how New York celebrated from another vantage point (that didn’t include a ball drop). A fellow New Yorker, I hope lpphotosblog will recognise some of the vistas.
Seeing as it is New Year’s Day and I do not have a list of resolutions to share, I’ve interspersed quotes about the present moment in response to the recent post by Pleasantries & Pit Bulls: Resolutions: Friend or Foe?
All this good fortune combined has been a fine way to start off the brand new year and I extend the very best wishes to everyone for 2012. Enjoy!
“There’s no time like the present.” ~ Proverb
“The meeting of two eternities, the past and future….is precisely the present moment.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“People are always asking about the good old days. I say, why don’t you say the good now days?” ~ Robert M. Young
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell
“Forever is composed of nows.” ~ Emily Dickinson
“The living moment is everything.” ~ D.H. Lawrence
“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.” ~ Brendan Francis
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Cherokee Indian Proverb
“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
“The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.” ~ L. Thomas Holdcroft
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going.” ~ Tennessee Williams
“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” ~ Morris West
“If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.” ~ Senegalese Proverb
“A jug fills drop by drop. ” ~ Buddha
“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~ Buddha
“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” ~ Audrey Hepburn