New Beginnings

There is a lone mountain in the view from my bedroom window. One might think it is not a big deal except for the fact that every day it is different. The same way each day and each minute is different from the last. I can look out of my bedroom window 100 times a day and each time the view will be different or maybe my focus will have changed from the mountains to the garbage truck going down the street. The sun might be at a different angle or some new clouds have rolled into the valley. Starting today, January 1, 2015, each entry into this journal will start with a photograph of a view from where I live. My windows provides the frame for my first glimpse of the world when I awake each morning, but my world is so much bigger.

Although I think of myself as a writer, I have never kept a daily journal before. It always felt too formal or too rigid. Sometimes I just might have nothing to say or share but the photograph will still be provided each day to give you a glimpse of my home. It is the start of a new year and I am living in a new city, in a new country, and having to learn different customs and a new language. It is an excellent start to an exciting new year.Because I am also a lover of words and wisdom, in addition to the photograph each entry will also contain a quotation of the day from my collection of words gathered over the last twenty or so years from books, conversations, news headlines and other articles across the internet that peaked my interest. This quotation may or may not have a relationship to what is written but it is in itself as important as the photograph or written words.I will share these entries on my website or keep some journal entries only for me to have for myself. I have not decided. I do not live in tomorrow, and as Annie Dillard says, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” My life is today and this is how I choose to record 2015, As I Live It Each Day.