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Keep winding the clock

Keep winding clockMany look to 2017 with excitement at plans made, anticipation of promises given, relishing the challenges ahead, while others may not have reason to be so upbeat or positive.

Mr Nadeau wrote to E.B. White, the famous author and contributor to the New Yorker magazine asking for an opinion about the future as fears of what might lie ahead began to overwhelm him. In his eloquent reply he used a great phrase: “Hang on to your hat, hang on to your hope and wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”

Here is more of his letter: “As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness.

Sailors have an expression about the weather. They say, the weather is a great bluffer. Things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly. Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”

I love the idea of hanging on to our hat when the winds blow and it all gets a bit difficult, but also hanging on to our hope which keeps us facing forward and winding the clock to remind us that time keeps moving forward and  tomorrow really is another day.

Hang on to that thought, it may give you hope one day as the year unfolds.

(see for the whole letter).


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