The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!
Edward Payson Powell
Things are pretty hectic here at the 27th floor of the Ray’s Daily building. The staff is rushing to get everything put away and prepared for the employee annual holiday break. They have even been in my office grabbing things; I think they want me to close early so they can get a head start. So I better get this out quickly before they turn off the power and shut down the presses.
First I want to thank those of you who visited me at my holiday website. While we did not quite make our goal we got really close and because of so many of you there will be many families who will benefit because you cared. I also appreciate the readers from as far away as Russia who could not join us but wished us well and in some cases made a similar effort in their own country. As for me I can think of no better gift that I received this year than your participation in our helping effort.
Since the shop is closing down for a couple of weeks I’ll not be with you as next year begins, I had better get some New Year thoughts out of the way. Of course you know I wish that the next year is all you want it to be. Most of us will find the next year much different than in the past, the economic crisis is taking it’s toll on many families. It seems to me that we must not let the difficulties we face drag us down, in fact I think our band of merry readers are needed more than ever to help others overcome their problems. I know that hope and happiness is contagious but so is despair and depression so please don’t see only the bad and let it spill over into the lives of others rather carry the ray of hope so that they can see that there is more to life than only the material things we have become so use to coveting.
For me I have made a few resolutions. A friend told me that if you are serious about resolutions you need to share them with others so they can help motivate you to carrying them out. So here are my most important.
I am going to pay more attention to the people I meet. I will not accept first impressions, surface images, or polite conversation as representing who they are. I will not be put off by the negative but rather search for the positive. And I’ll remind myself that everyone I meet is a potential new friend.
I will not be as quickly intolerant of the intolerant but rather see if we can change prejudice to tolerance. Of course within reason. If I can’t change their mind I don’t want to be like them and respond as they do so I’ll walk away sad that they have chosen to unhappiness as their lifestyle.
Before I make a purchase I’ll stop and review if the money would be better spent elsewhere. It is time for me to realize I don’t have to subscribe to every magazine, buy more things, belong to every organization or travel as often. I need to give myself the opportunity to put my money where it can do some good or save it so I don’t have to be dependent on others in the years ahead. And where there are opportunities that I cannot help fund I’ll see if my hands and my help might be have value and then offer it.
And most important of all I will not take you and those who are close to me for granted. Far too often we spend so much time looking over the horizon that we miss seeing the things that nurture us each day. So let me thank you in advance for your friendship and I am looking forward this next year that we will spend together.
So Happy New Year my dear friends I’m out of here, see you next year. Be safe!
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce
I do not recommend any of these! Ray
At the end of one year and the start of another, many of us will renew our commitment to living with daily affirmations. I know the power of affirming my truth, over and over, everyday! While these may not suit everyone’s taste, here are some "possible" affirmations to consider!
1. As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I am in touch with my inner sociopath.
2. I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.
3. I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault.
4. In some cultures what I do would be considered normal.
5. My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of wisdom and judgment.
6. I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper, and complain.
7. When someone hurts me, I know that forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit, but not nearly as rewarding.
8. I am at one with my duality.
9. Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves in knots.
10. I will strive to live each day as if it were my 50th birthday.
11. I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.
12. Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so!"
13. A scapegoat is almost as good as a solution.
14. Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my underwear. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom.
15. I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; I will spend it worrying about the future?
16. The complete lack of evidence is the surest proof that the conspiracy is working.
17. Before I criticize a man, I walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he’s a mile away and barefoot.
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
A Jewish Prayer for the New Year
May we get a clean bill of health from our dentist, our psychiatrist, our ophthalmologist, our cardiologist, our gastroenterologist, our urologist, our proctologist, our gynecologist, our podiatrist, our plumber and the IRS.
May our hair, our teeth, our facelift, our abs, our honey cakes, and our stocks not fall and may our blood pressure, our triglycerides, our cholesterol, our white blood count, our weight and our mortgage interest rates not rise.
May we find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour and when we get there, may we find a parking space.
May we all relax about the third millennium of the common era, and realize that we still have 239 years until the down of the sixth millennium of the Hebrew calendar by which time the computer will be long since obsolete and so will we.
May G-d give us the strength to get through this presidential campaign and may some of the promises made be kept. May we believe at least half of what the candidates propose and may those elected fulfill at least half of what they promise and may the miracle of reducing taxes and balancing budgets come to pass.
May we be awestruck by God’s sense of humor as we realize he really does not want us to touch our toes while exercising or he would have put them further up our bodies; and, the reason so many of us take up jogging is to hear heavy breathing again.
May what we see in the mirror delight us and what others see in us, delight them. May someone, as well as God, love us enough to forgive our faults, be blind to our blemishes and tell the world about our virtues.
May the telemarketers wait until after we finish dinner to call us. May our checkbooks and budgets balance and may they include generous amounts for charity.
May we remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to our spouse, our child, our parent, all of our significant others but not our boss, our intern, our nurse, our masseur, our hairdresser or our tennis instructor.
And may the Messiah come this year, and if he does not, may we live as if he has, in a world at peace, with awareness of God’s love in every sunset, flower, baby’s smile, lover’s kiss, and every wonderful astonishing beat of our heart. May we smile and laugh throughout the year.
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
A Senator in the USA was once asked about his attitude toward whisky.
‘If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I’m against it. But if you mean the elixir of a New Year toast, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I’m for it. This is my position, and I will not compromise.’
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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