A fresh start

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

–   Mary Pickford

I seem to never think about it before the time, but I love the 1st of September – it’s Spring Day and that day always symbolises a fresh start to me.

It’s almost like New Year’s day, but without the new year’s resolutions.  At the beginning of the year, one is full of good intentions, loads of things you are, and of course are not, going to do.  But if we are honest, most of that doesn’t last.

Spring day is different.  To me it’s when I take a deep breath and look back on it being one hell of a stressful, hectic, busy year so far.  And yes, every year is the same, because that is how life is.  On this day, instead of beating myself up over the things I have either not done, or have done when maybe I shouldn’t have, I think of the positive, the things that did work out, the successes, the good to be alive moments.

Maybe it’s the symbolic thing of being the end of winter, (there will be a few more cold days, there always are and it always catches us, the sneaky thing) when the mood lifts with the weather, maybe it’s because the talk moves to how many weeks until the end of the year.  I guess it could be different things to different people.

All I know is, I feel like it’s my new beginning and so to you, may you have a happy spring day and a fresh start.

Until next time, take care and be good to yourself first and then to others.

Predicting the future

“Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.”  

 Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 Imagine if these people had given up how different life would be today…. 

“Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.”

 –Dr. Lee DeForest, “Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television.” 

 “The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.”

–Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project 

“There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.”

–Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923 

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”

–Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949  

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

–Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 

“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.”

–The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957 

“But what .. is it good for?” commenting on the microchip.

–Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968 

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

–Bill Gates, 1981 

Amazing isn’t it? 

Until tomorrow, stick with what you believe is right – don’t let someone else extinguish your flame.