Time is our most common yet precious commodity that moves inexorably forward, one tick of the clock at a time. In a way one could say the ticking clock is the soundtrack to our lives.
At this time of year it is not unusual to hear people say: “where has the year gone?” or words to that effect. Throughout the year I often hear people say, usually in the form of an excuse or apology, that they have no time. Of course, they are wrong given that time is an equal opportunity for everyone on the planet. We all get 24 hours each day, seven days a week and so on. So rather than bemoan a lack of time, it would be more appropriate to acknowledge that how we use our time is our choice. One way or the other, we each manage to fill the 24 hours in each day and it is our responsibility to use it well and wisely.
I am happy to have got back on track with this blog during the past year after posting only once in 2016. My objective was to post twice a month and I have come up a few short of my target, but overall I have enjoyed being able to share photographs, thoughts and recollections with those who have kindly visited my blog. Whilst the blog is small in terms of views and followers, I will continue to resist chasing statistics through Internet trickery and continue to appreciate that those viewing the blog are real and genuine.
I am planning to take a short break during which I will consider my approach to the 2018 blog. The Japan series is nearing an end and perhaps it is time to consider drawing on the material to create a book. I hope you enjoy the favourites I have selected from 2017’s posts and all that remains now is to thank you for your visits and to wish you a safe and Happy New Year.
(Please click on any of the following images for an enlarged view.)
December 29, 2017 at 8:28 pm
Hi John, Thank you & as feedback I always enjoy reading your “Blog” as you no doubt get enjoyment in doing as I do my BKK Missives. Would never have thought I’d get up to 80+ & circulate to some 75+ people around the globe…
Please keep going on another project, your writing is succinct & images superb…
Only yesterday was reflecting, how it’s almost 7 years since I move here & much has changed & altered in that time…
I do hope 2018 is a great year for you & your family & that you remain happy, healthy & financially secure…
December 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm
By coincidence this is blog #80 for me as well and I’ll certainly keep it going. Time does pass quickly and I wish you and your family a safe and happy New Year … Cheers,
December 30, 2017 at 10:30 am
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, it’s been a real pleasure to see them and read your Posts.
I wish you and your family a great year 2018 and I’m looking forward to your posts in the year to come. I’m sure they will be as delightful as the Japan series.
Happy New Year!
(Or, should I better say よいおとしを ー ”yoi otoshi wo” as the Japanese say before the New Year)
December 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm
Thanks for your kind words and the Japanese phrase – I’m always interested in learning new words and phrases. Enjoy the holiday season and I wish you and your family “yoi otoshi wo”.
Happy New Year,
December 30, 2017 at 9:10 pm
Gorgeous photos John. Looking forward to see what you’ll show us on your blog in 2018! No doubt, it will be great! Happy New Year!
December 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm
Thanks Urska and a Happy New Year to you also.