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Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
-- Sydney J. Harris


Friday, December 31, 1999


With less than 24 hours until the year changes to 2000, it’s a very appropriate day to think about time.

Time is our workplace. It can be our friend or our enemy, depending on how we choose to spend it. It moves steadily forward no matter what we do. Everyone gets the same amount of it each day. Everyone gets the same amount each year. Yet there is an enormous variation in what we make of the time we have.

In a few hours, we’ll arrive at a significant milestone in time. Like every other moment, it will come and go, and be different for each person who experiences it. Some will make the most of it. Others will let it pass by.

On this last day before 2000, it is sparklingly clear to us that time moves steadily forward. You cannot save it. You cannot trade it or avoid it. You can only use it. That, it turns out, is plenty. Look how very far the world has come in the last 1,000 years, even in the last 10 years.

Though we’ll get caught up a bit in the momentous number on this New Year’s Eve, time will continue to move along. Use each moment sincerely and to the best of your ability, and time will always be your friend.

It’s been quite an eventful 1,000 years. Here’s to those who will make the next even better.

— Ralph Marston

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