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.
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