Let us reflect upon the elasticity of time and how it –

swells new life;
greens forests;
reddens hollyhocks;
pinks enthusiasm;
frames intimacy;
ennobles pain;
elongates O!s;
limits achievement;
restores functioning;
silences excess;
skirts dead-ends;
stretches into tomorrows;
jump-starts change;
squares triangles;
plumbs subterranean depths;
measures nanoseconds;
stops last breaths.

All book-ended by beginnings and endings.

Along these same lines, T. S. Eliot, the British poet, wrote in Four Quartets –

What we call the beginning is the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning
The end is where we start from.

So let us be mindful of the Giver of Time, of our allotted portion, and give thanks in the New Year, 2013.