My Account for 2021

We have reached the point of our annual days of reckoning. We tabulate the positives and negatives of the past year. We measure how we used our time. What we did, and also importantly, what we did not do from the things we had planned to do at the beginning of the year.

We weigh the quality of our relationships with our family, our friends, our acquaintances, and the humblest of us in society – we judge whether, and to what extent, we have fulfilled the biblical exhortation to treat others as we would like them to treat us.

So these are days for taking account – for taking the opportunity to step back from everyday life and see our lives and the people in them more objectively, more coolly. To measure, like actual accountants do, the value of the components of our lives and see which of them are really important and which are not.

Here is my very short list:

The most important thing is health. If by now we have not thought about how to properly value our health and the time and effort we devote to it, the coronavirus should have convinced us that there is no ‘good’ more important than health. A man can have everything, but can he call his life good if he is not healthy?

The second is time. The only thing that can never be reclaimed is the time that has passed. Every second and fraction of a second that passes, passes irreversibly. It does not come back. It never returns. So let’s make sure we use our time properly, productively, and with love – peacefully.

When we are young, time has a different meaning than when we are older. When we are young, we are in a rush to grow up. The horizon of life is so wide and distant that it seems endless. The hope is for a long journey in life, full of experiences, full of adventures because we recognize no time limits.

Eventually, we grow up. We count life backwards to properly evaluate the great gift that has been given to us, the miracle of time, which is inextricably woven with the greatest gift, the miracle of life – which, make no mistake about it, is a miracle of God.

If we do not understand this, if we do not understand that it is a gift from God – especially when we realize we can never know how much time we have left, which makes it even more precious – then we have not understood life.
So, we have reached the end of 2021. We have now arrived in the New Year and the emergence of a new hope.

So, what do I wish for Hellenism in the New Year? But what else than the wish of Nikos Kazantzakis, who speaks from the mouth of a Cretan grandfather giving advice to his grandson: “Let Hellenism reach beyond where it can.”
And I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

And please be careful.


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