Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! Time sure flies and here we are in 2016!

I hope you rang in the new year with vigor and surrounded by friends and family. I was lucky enough to be with most of my family and had a wonderful celebration. The new year offers the opportunity to reflect on the past as well as look forward to the future. I like the yin and yang of the holiday and recently came across a Dear Abby column concerning new year’s resolutions that I would like to share.

Although I’m not one to make resolutions, I thought the following motivations would be a nice way to start the year.

JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

JUST FOR TODAY: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.

JUST FOR TODAY: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

JUST FOR TODAY: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

JUST FOR TODAY: I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

JUST FOR TODAY: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully, if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.

JUST FOR TODAY: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

Happy New Year to you and I hope that 2016 brings you much happiness and joy!

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