Happy New Year Sassy Friends and Family!
With a new year, comes new hope and new possibilities. Of course most people try to make New Year Resolutions, so if you are planning to make some of your own, make them realistic and make them matter. We are all a beautiful mess, and we all can make improvements. Evaluate where you are, and remember, it’s not where you’ve been that matters, it’s where you are going.
Here is a poignant list of resolutions from Ann Landers. Let this coming year be better than all the others and vow to do some of the things that you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t find the time for. Remember, we start off crawling, but learn to walk and run, we start off crying but learn to speak and sing, we begin our life completely dependent, yet learn to stand strong and free.
- Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories.
- Free yourself of envy and malice.
- Encourage some youth to do his or her best. Share your experience, and offer support. Young people need role models.
- Make a genuine effort to stay in closer touch with family and good friends.
- Resolve to stop magnifying small problems and shooting from the lip. Words that you have to eat can be hard to digest.
- Find the time to be kind and thoughtful. All of us have the same allotment: 24 hours a day. Give a compliment. It might give someone a badly needed lift.
- Think things through. Forgive an injustice. Listen more. Be kind.
- Apologize when you realize you are wrong. An apology never diminishes a person. It elevates him.
- Don’t blow your own horn. If you’ve done something praiseworthy, someone win notice eventually.
- Try to understand a point of view that is different from your own. Few things are 100 percent one way or another.
- Examine the demands you make on others.
- Lighten up. When you feel like blowing your top, ask yourself, “Will it matter a week from today?”
- Laugh the loudest when the joke is on you.
- The sure way to have a friend is to be one. We are all connected by our humanity, and we need each other.
- Avoid malcontents and pessimists. They drag you down and contribute nothing.
- Don’t discourage a beginner from trying something risky. Nothing ventured means nothing gained. Be optimistic. The can-do spirit is the fuel that makes things go.
- Go to war against animosity and complacency.
- Express your gratitude. Give credit when it’s due—and even when it isn’t. It will make you look good.
- Read something uplifting. Deep-six the trash. You wouldn’t eat garbage—why put it in your head?
- Don’t abandon your old-fashioned principles. They never go out of style.
- When courage is needed, ask yourself, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”
- Take better care of yourself. Remember, you’re all you’ve got.
- Give yourself a reality check. Phoniness is transparent, and it is tiresome. Take pleasure in the beauty and the wonders of nature. A flower is God’s miracle.
- Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look 10 years younger.
- Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you.” Then say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.
- If you have love in your life, consider yourself blessed, and vow to make this the best year ever.