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Happy New Year! I just went online and looked at what the opening dates are for many academic institutions, various colleges, and a number of universities. Some of them open this week. For example, the University of California at Riverside begins their quarter on January 2, 2013, and the University of Chicago begins on January 7, 2013. I believe the beginning of quarters and semesters usually depend on how many days there are for classes, as well as how early (or late) classes finished before the holiday season. I find it very interesting that multitudes of students will be sitting in class, with an attentive attitude, learning lots of things within the next few days!

Today, however, is New Year’s day, and almost everything around here is closed, or open for a short while. I respect and admire all those that are working today. I wonder if my readers share my sentiment when I mention that when everything is closed, it is kind of ghostly and unnervingly quiet. I kind of like it when things are open, when there is a lot of activity. Just the other day, I told someone how there are two similar shopping stores right next to each other; one is always bright, busy and full of activity, but the other one is quiet, lonely, and they even have some of the lights turned off. My very favorite shopping mall of all times was one I visited nearly 30 years ago, which actually had carpet! A carpeted mall! Every shop was interesting; there was a pretzel shop, a store that sold various teas, many candy shops, and lots of really bright, fun, and busy department stores. Nowadays, that same mall has all of the carpet removed, many of the stores I used to go to are closed, there is no tea store, and the candy shops moved across the street. I don’t visit that mall any more. Maybe my attitude has remained the same, and even though malls without carpet are awesome, I still like malls with carpet. With the right attitude, no matter where I am at, or what I am doing, everything seems bright. Whether I am learning or shopping, or simply celebrating New Year’s Day, I’m happy.

learning and shopping and studying

What’s the point of the preceding paragraph? Liveliness, perhaps? Or, learning to be lively in spite of signs and pointers at things that are on the quiet side? No matter where we are, or what we do (or when we are doing what we’re doing), we can focus on ourselves, and be true to the joy of our own spirit. If one is in a mall with no carpet, or a brightly lit carpeted shop, there is always some sort of joy to be found. For me, thinking about all the institutions of higher education opening up for spring quarter (or the continuation of winter semester, or whatever you want to call it), brings a lot of gratitude and peace to my mind. Within a day, or a few days, college and university students everywhere will be learning all kinds of new things, reading awesome textbooks and learning various topics from their knowledgeable professors and instructors. The future, indeed, seems really great.

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