This year is yours.

God built and launched this year for you;

Upon the bridge you stand;

It’s your ship, aye, your own ship, And you are in command.

Just what the twelve month’s trip will do rests wholly, solely, friend, with you.

Your logbook kept from day to day my friend, what will you show?

Have you on your appointed way made progress, yes or no?

The log will tell, like guiding star, the sort of captain that you are.

For weal or woe this year is yours;

Your ship is on life’s sea, your acts as captain must decide whichever it shall be;

So now in starting on your trip, ask God to help you sail your ship.

Alfred Lord Tennyson.


  1. I love this! It’s funny my sister bought me a five year diary for Christmas and on each page there are five parts to the page. Every night I make my log and think 🤔 I wonder what I will write next year or the year after, will I still be alive 😳 we really do sail our own ship Margaret and I’m determined to be sailing for many years to come. 🌹

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  2. Oh I so love this, Margaret! It is a beautifully crafted piece of writing, and I know it is very meaningful to my life. We all need to find ourselves again – via the compass of our souls. Thank you very kindly.


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