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
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
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 goingwherever 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
Strickland ALL RIGHTS
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 townsuch
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.