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New Year’s Resolution for 2017

Being rich with all I have gained on the way

A few days ago  I was discussing at dinner with some friends what will be our new year’s resolutions for this year, and I was struggling to find one for me. Yes, I have a big resolution regarding my family, but nothing strictly personal, nothing about me as individual.

And then today I came across this quote, through the website of a young and promising developer:

Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.

Constantine P. Cavafy, 1911

And as soon as I’ve read it, it struck in my mind for its beauty and for its truth. It resonated so much with the way I feel in this moment of my life, that in the blink of an eye it’s become my new year’s resolution: live the 2017 being rich with all I have gained on the way.

As a person, as a developer, as a father and husband.

 

PS: thank you so much Katia for letting me discover it: as you can see friendship and serendipity often work two ways.

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