End of the World
“I’m still here…” referring to the end of the world as predicted by numerous “spiritualists” and “doomsday prophets”. These concerns arose from the end of the Mayan Long-Count Calendar. However, I never believed in any of “their” predictions concerning the end of the world.
Nevertheless, the Mayan calendar is a remarkable achievement for ancient people to have devised with such a precise measurement of time. Also, this date does mark the beginning of a new cosmological era. If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, feel free to read the 2012 phenomenon on Wikipedia.
A New Beginning
So, with that said, I have desired to start a journal again; for the umpteenth time. I have ventured and failed on multiple occasions to consistently maintain one in the past. I suppose it was because my standards for keeping a journal were too high.
Therefore, I have decided that I will only commit to posting to this electronic journal significant events–about my family, my life, and my times. In addition, I will record genealogically important events such as births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, or any other momentous family related episodes. I will also write about other interests and issues from time to time as it suits me. Maybe with this minimalistic approach, I may even write and record more than I anticipate writing.
A Favorite Quote
One of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain is, “It isn’t so astonishing, the number of things that I can remember, as the number of things I can remember that aren’t so.”
With that consideration in mind, I will try to share my ideas, opinions, and memories of various events with much forethought, vigilance, and integrity.
Regrets? Yeah, I have a few!
There are so many learned “life lessons” and remarkable events I have experienced that I can no longer remember. Moreover, if I should remember them, the details are wanting. Subsequently, I sincerely regret not having recorded them. As such, I encourage all that read this to keep a journal of your own.
Maintaining a journal provides a great resource for personal reflection about what you have experienced and learned from this beautiful journey–called life–we are all on. You don’t have to share it publicly as I have chosen to do, but do seriously consider keeping a journal of your own in whatever form it may take.
However, I hope that by sharing my thoughts and experiences I may be able to “touch” others in a way that may be beneficial to them in some small measure. This sentiment is especially substantive concerning my progeny which is another primary purpose for this endeavor!
Images – Post and Rich Snippets image: “SC_Maya Calendar (Tzolq’in and Haab’)” by catface3 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Post image: Mark Twain by Mathew Brady [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Quote – Bigelow, A. P. (1912). Mark Twain, a Biography. University of Michigan Library.