January 1, 2003

By Michael Strickland

All Things End

In a scene from "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," a young Vulcan officer asks Mr. Spock the significance of a Chagall painting in his quarters depicting Adam and Eve's expulsion from Eden. Spock replied, "It is a reminder to me that all things end."

At first impression, Spock's comment seems pessimistic, negative, downright cynical. But from the moment I first heard this line, it struck me as a glass half-full. To me, it wasn't about all good things coming to an end, but rather an affirmation that even the worst of times don't last forever. Since then, it has been a mantra of sorts for me, a light to get me through life's dark stages.

Lately, I have turned once again to Spock's words. This year has been a focal point for endings. My career fizzled. My relationship withered away. In short, my life as I once knew it has virtually ceased to be. The first chapter of my new career has come to a close, yet after a semester of law school, I question whether even this new beginning is just another dead-end in disguise. Looking back on 2002, I find comfort in a philosophy like Spock's that assures me that even endings end.

As this year ends and a new one begins, another affirmation comes to mind: "Every end is a new beginning." Cliché, yes, but useful nonetheless. At this point, I'll take any axioms or words of wisdom, no matter how trite, that'll help me get to where I'm going—wherever that is. Perhaps it's fitting that I'm starting out 2003 with a journey, for this whole year will be a new trek into the unknown.

Happy New Year.


[Note: I am on the road, traveling through the Southwest, so the following days' writings will be posted upon my return.]

©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year, I will write something, anything, and post it here (though some days' writings might be posted late, if I am out of town—such as right now). It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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