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
Tomorrow is New Years Eve and the Daily team (Ray and his friendly computer) will be off for a long weekend. It is hard to believe that 2010 will soon be only memory and that we get another chance to do it right with the dawning of 2011. I know it has been a difficult year for many and I hope that 2011 will be a better year for everyone. While I can’t really complain about my year, my medical problems did not linger, my family stayed well and did well and my life was generally active and rewarding it was not all what I would have liked, I lost a few friends who I highly regarded, I occasionally had to cancel out on commitments and I sometimes found myself too distracted to pay enough attention to others who were in need. But generally it was a good year filled with budding friendships and interesting experiences.
I have never been too big on resolutions but I do have a few that I want to fulfill, here they are:
- · Pay more attention to the people I meet and listen to what they have to say.
- · Do not promise more than I can deliver.
- · Be available to respond to opportunities when they arise.
- · Maintain a health weight and continue to exercise.
- · Concentrate on appreciating what is good and correcting if I can what is not.
- · Keep an open mind and take advantage of new learning experiences and travel opportunities.
- · Minimize anger and ill will and emphasize caring kindness.
- · Do what I can to help those that I can help.
Of course there will be other things as the year goes by and when the need or challenges arise the list can be adjusted. On thing I would suggest is that we all follow the advice offered in this poem by Mother Teresa:
Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway.
I honestly believe if you follow the Mother Teresa’s advice and do what’s right anyway, you’ll have a great year, maybe the best one you have ever had.
Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
Henry Ward Beecher
If you are concerned about not following through on your New Year’s resolutions you might find one or more of these helpful.
10. Read less.
9. Gain weight.
8. Stop exercising.
7. Watch more TV.
6. Procrastinate more.
5. Drink. Drink some more.
4. Start being superstitious.
3. Spend more time at work.
2. Stop bringing lunch from home: eat out more.
1. Take up a new habit!
Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look ten years younger. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I love you’. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.
EXCERPTS FROM THE DOG’S DAILY DIARY. . .
8:00 am – Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!
9:30 am – Oh Boy! A car ride! My favorite!
9:40 am – Oh Boy! A walk! My favorite!
10:30 am – Oh Boy! Back in the car for a ride! My favorite!
11:30 am – Oh Boy! A treat! My favorite!
12:00 noon – Oh Boy! The kids! My favorite!
1:00 pm – Oh Boy! The yard! My favorite!
4:00 pm – Oh Boy! The kids friends! My favorite!
5:00 pm – Oh Boy! More dog food! My favorite!
5:30 pm – Oh Boy! Mom! My favorite!
6:30 pm – Oh Boy! Playing ball! My favorite!
8:00 pm – Oh Boy! Sleeping in master’s bed! My favorite! Woof!
EXCERPTS FROM THE CAT’S DAILY DIARY. . .
Day 283 Of My Captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture.
Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant. Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded; must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair; must try this on their bed.
Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was.
Hmmm, not working according to plan.
There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the food. More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of “allergies.” Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage. I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured.
But I can wait. . . it is only a matter of time… heh heh, Meow!
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
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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