The old man has learned much in many years. One is that change comes slowly. We are, after all, creatures of habit, comfortable in our old shoes and clothes, happy in our attitudes, stuck in our ways. Still, change comes as does the rising sun, and we must grow to meet new challenges.
One hundred years ago, Canadian born, Santa Barbara, California poet, Marguerite O.B. Wilkinson wrote this short poem for Gustav Stickley's The Craftsman Magazine. It seems a fitting New Year's message.
While old traditions fit thee, keep them on
And wear them graciously, with sweet content.
As an old temple wears an ivy gown,
When from thy sides in tatters they hang down,
Burst by a strength that life has never meant
For bonds, a raiment fresh as springtime don.
Marguerite O. B. Wilkinson
The Craftsman Magazine, January 2014
A poetic way of saying -
"Throw out the old and bring in the new, for the old clothes just don't fit any longer."