A New Year Is Like A Blank Book, And The Pen Is In Your Hands

Motto of the day*
A New Year Is Like A Blank Book, And The Pen Is In Your Hands
And now we welcome the new year, 
full of things that have never been.

 Rainer Maria Rilke

Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy the whole year through.
A new year is like a blank 365-page book, and the pen is in your hands.
It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.

Happy New Year.



Any thoughts, comments, goals for the new year…?


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I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me. 

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: January 1, 2006
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: February 4, 2020
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