Poetry: See It Through by Edgar A Guest

When you’re up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it’s vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don’t let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you’re beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don’t give up, whate’er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

Goodbye 2013: Requiem for a very good year

The end of 2013 is drawing ever closer. I have always found New Year’s Eve to be a mildly depressing evening, such depression brought on by much over analysis and regret of the opportunities missed in the year just gone.

Truth be told though, when I think about this year it can only be described as having been a very good year. Sure there has been some negative moments; indeed, there has been some negative weeks. However, when everything that has happened this year is taken together the positive moments have far outweighed the negative.

2013 has been a year in which (this list is far from exhaustive but is illustrative):

  • I had the best day of my life (which due to an agreement made long ago I am unable to speak further of).
  • I set myself a lofty goal and I did my absolute best to try and reach that goal (Operation100.com).
  • I learned to accept my mental illness for what it is and, even better, I wrote about it.
  • I got to spent time with family and friends who love and support me.
  • I was able to support family and friends going through difficult times.
  • I met some wonderful people: both in person and in the petri dish of egos and opinion that is twitter.
  • I wrote more about topics that I enjoy like cricket and rugby as well as topics I am passionate about like mens health and customer service.
  • Australia’s cricket team won back the Ashes and Australia’s rugby team regained some pride on its summer tour.
  • I picked the winner of the Caulfied Cup and the Derby during the Cups carnival and ended up well in front for the year on the punt in general.

I chose not to recount the negative moments in this post: to do so would be to give said moments another opportunity to take over my brain and effect my thinking in a negative way. I know what they were though and, as I mentioned in the preamble to this post they have been far outweighed by the positive moments, some of which I have recounted above.

Having done a trial balance of the positive and negatives of the year that was and coming out with a view that it has been a very good year, there is not much else to do really other than to look forward to 2014 as another year of opportunity and promise. If I looked at it in any other way then the year would necessarily get off on a bad foot wouldn’t it?

Finally, a note of thanks: thank you for reading my blog this year. I have loved writing it. I know my tastes are eclectic and some of the things I write about are not to everyone’s liking at times so, if I have offended, I apologise along with thank you for continuing to read despite said offence.

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Years Eve and look forward to connecting with you further in 2014.