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Today’s liturgical calendar in my Church announces that it is Monday of the first week in Ordinary Time. What I learned a long time ago is that “ordinary” in this case means “counting” or “ordinal” time. There could be lots going on in our lives – amazing or tumultuous things – but, liturgically, the Christmas season is over and Lent hasn’t started yet. In Church circles I suppose it could be a moment to take a breath, to make sure everything is in its right place (holiday decorations stored perhaps) and planning for the future to begin in earnest. Ash Wednesday (2/26 this year) will be here before we know it, however, and most places are already deep in purple thoughts. It’s hard to live in the present for those in charge.

In an ironic twist on this “first day of the rest of my life” I have found myself with a “blank slate.” I just got my computer back from the Geek Squad after a week without it because of a serious malady. As predicted, all was wiped clean in the process of restoring it to health. Today is a day of starting over, wishing I had done a better job of protecting certain things but finding it necessary to begin again without regret or rancor.

I’m reminded of a wildly popular quote of some years ago that ought to guide my day (and maybe yours, for some reason). It’s from Dag Hammarskjold who said: “For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.”‘

So on we go…