Tuesday, 31 December 2013


There are a few things I started to turn into reality this year. This process must continue in 2014.

In view of the whole humans-are-a-collection-of-atoms-that-constantly-renew story, the following advice: Will and thou shalt become.


Instinct – or desire – always want to compel you to psyche yourself up on this last day of another year. You imagine everything is going to start moving faster soon. Dreams will become a reality within the next couple of weeks. By the end of February … then, by the end of March …

One piece of advice: Accept the possibility that it may take you several more months to master a few things, and to make all those decisions that are part of what will eventually be a successful business.

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Usually, at this time of the year (23:36), I can’t wait for the formalities to pass so that I can continue my work. That is also the case at this moment.

2011 was a good year.

2012 was a good year.

2013 was also a good year – and I’m not just saying that to not hurt the year’s feelings!

I am definitely exiting this year in better shape than I came into it. I visited my family in South Africa. I published more of my writing. And I worked hard to make more money. On the other hand, I didn’t spend a lot of time improving my Chinese. I didn’t do a lot of exercise other than pedalling around on my bicycle. I also didn’t lose much weight, although I didn’t add much either. Overall, though, I am happy with what I did in 2013.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”