Valdosta Daily Times

January 2, 2013

A season to strive

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — To quote Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heavens.”

With a season of celebration behind us, it is time to return to work. For there is much to be done.

Today marks the end of the holidays for many people. Most adults are returning to their jobs. Granted, many area students still have some off days. But, for the rest of us, we have rung in a new year. Now it is time to make this year work. Or more appropriately, it is time we get to work to make this year better.

As many people have learned during the past several years, there are no guarantees. Falling stocks, unemployment, stagnant wages, lost houses. Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing should be taken for granted.

So, we must work. We must toil. We must educate ourselves. We must be ready to adapt. We must relearn the forgotten magic of striving.

We must strive. Strive to do more with less, strive to learn from our mistakes, strive to better understand the world at home and abroad.

We must apply the old standard of the late Nick Hyder’s Wildcats to our daily lives and our ever-evolving situations. We must never, never, never, never, never quit.

For everything there is a season. Now, is the season to work and strive. We must prepare our fields for the worst and we must prepare them for the possibility of blessings as well.