Happy New Year: “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” Vern McLellan
It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life, for me, and I’m feeling good. Nina Simone
Celebrate what you want to see more of. Tom Peters
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier. Alfred Lord Tennyson
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time T.S. Eliot
Happy New Year/Happy New Decade Everyone! What a blessing to see another new year with all our hopes, goals and promises dancing before us. How did you spend the last day of 2019? How are you planning to start this wonderful new decade? I like the sound of it – 2020. It reminds me of having 20/20 vision… and is a double the blessings sounding year with great things ahead for us. Naturally, we all wish peace, joy, good health and more to our global family as events that affect one nation has reverberations that impact others. We imagine and hope for the great day of celebration that will welcome the end to the chaos, conflict, and climate change around the world. What would motivate us to make changes? For starters, we have to be fully committed to change and it begins with having an honest conversation with ourselves about the roadblocks we have planted on our path and how we can move them. You might ask: How do I/you/we start? Start with one simple step in the right direction and build on it incrementally. You will see improvements that will help spur you on. Instead of creating a mad list of impossible goals that would sooner or later make you so anxious that you trip over them, begin with a SMART goal to help you get even one thing done each day and then build on that one thing. As you progress, you can add new challenges to your goals and watch yourself grow.
Specific – You keep it simple and clear
Measurable – You have an outcome
Achievable – You can make it happen with effort/skill
Relevant – You are working with purpose
Time-focused – You create a deadline
Can we Start Afresh Today/ Any day? YES! One thing I know for sure is that the new year brings us opportunities to turn the page and start afresh. The old year is done, our lessons were learned, and our losses were real. However, we can start afresh and create new worlds, new dreams, new plans and add our voice to the creative universe out there. Of course, it all begins within…. so listen to the messages you give yourself. Watch your thoughts and treat your mind with love, compassion, and positive messages. Don’t castigate yourself for mistakes, learn from them and move on. If you fall or fail, get up and start again. Remember to focus on developing discipline, compassion, and self-care on a daily basis. We can only be our best when we give ourselves the best care.
Morning Poem By Mary Oliver
the world is created.
Under the orange sticks of the sun
the heaped ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
and fasten themselves
to the high branches-
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
And if your spirit carries within it
the thorn that is heavier than lead-
if it is all you can do to keep on trudging —
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted.
Each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.
In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells] By Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King
Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year. John R. Dallas
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. Melody Beattie
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Oprah Winfrey
One of my favorite motivational bloggers is Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. He has been an inspiration for years and, in one of his posts –Top 20 Motivation Tips -, he offered a list of the top 20 tips we all need to get us motivated. Even if you are only able to add a handful of these motivational and life-affirming tips to your life and schedule, they will bear fruit. Here are the twenty tips in a quick read fashion: 1. Chart Your Progress. 2. Hold Yourself Back. 3. Join an online (or off-line) group to help keep you focused and motivated. 4. Post a picture of your goal someplace visible. 5. Get a workout partner or goal buddy. 6. Just get started. 7. Make it a pleasure. 8. Give it time, be patient. 9. Break it into smaller, mini-goals. 10. Reward yourself. Often. 11. Find inspiration, on a daily basis. 12. Get a coach or take a class. 13. Have powerful reasons. Write them down. 14. Become aware of your urges to quit, and be prepared for them. 15. Make it a rule never to skip two days in a row. 16. Visualize your goal clearly, on a daily basis, for at least 5-10 minutes. 17. Keep a daily journal of your goal. 18. Create a friendly, mutually-supportive competition. 19. Make a big public commitment. Be fully committed. 20. Always think positive. I invite you to visit his blog and enjoy his writings. It will inspire and help you keep up your own practices and goals. Go do it! Are you ready to take charge of your life and leap ahead with faith in your ability to get things done? Begin by saying YES to your plan for change, be fully COMMITTED, and then ACT on it with some or all of the tips above.
Every year, instead of creating a laundry list of New Year’s resolutions, I share twelve gifts of purpose-filled words with my readers. Words have tremendous power and can be used as monthly affirmations of gratitude to help you along. Of course, you can add your own to this list. I encourage you to practice choosing one as a point of focus every month. Choose one in any order you wish, and then contemplate how it has helped shape your decisions. Write your observations down and, with time, the gifts will reveal their secrets to you. Feel free to substitute your own words too. Enjoy them and May your New Year be abundantly enriched and blessed with goodwill and so much more in 2020! Here are my twelve 2020 Happy New Year gifts/blessings/wishes for each of you/us:
♥ Peace & Love
♥ Divine Protection
New Year’s Morning by Helen Hunt Jackson
Only a night from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
The Old Year’s heart all weary grew,
But said: “The New Year rest has brought.”
The Old Year’s hopes its heart laid down,
As in a grave; but, trusting, said:
“The blossoms of the New Year’s crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead.”
The Old Year’s heart was full of greed;
With selfishness it longed and ached,
And cried: “I have not half I need.
My thirst is bitter and unslaked.
But to the New Year’s generous hand
All gifts in plenty shall return;
True love it shall understand;
By all my failures it shall learn.
I have been reckless; it shall be
Quiet and calm and pure of life.
I was a slave; it shall go free,
And find sweet peace where I leave strife.”
Only a night from old to new!
Never a night such changes brought.
The Old Year had its work to do;
No New Year miracles are wrought.
Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,
Morn of a festival to keep.
All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness in the sunny air.
Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.
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12/01 – 01 World AIDS Day, 03 Giving Tuesday, World Day of Persons with Disabilities, 05 International Volunteer Day, 07 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
12/08 – 09 International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide, 10 Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day, 12 Universal Health Coverage Day
12/15 – 15 Bill of Rights Day, 18 International Migrants Day, 20 International Human Solidarity Day, 21 Winter Solstice
12/22 – 22 First Day of Hanukkah, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
12/29 – 30 Last Day of Hanukkah, 31 New Year’s Eve
01/01 – 01 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
01/08 – 09 TBD
01/15 – 15 TBD
01/22 – 22 TBD
01/29 – 30 TBD
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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love. Rumi
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson
New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. Sarah Ban Breathnach
What do you need to do more of this year? Every year, I ask myself this question because it helps me make a concerted effort to check in with my daily life and make necessary changes. Some of the items on my more list can be as simple as making sure I drink more water. It also includes more on time spent with kin, learning or sharpening a skill, and maintaining a spirit of gratitude. Over the years, gratitude has seen me through difficult times so it is a constant on my list. Health is on my more list too because good health is the foundation for everything else we do. Nurturing my spiritual life and giving back are important components of my list. Did I mention the creative and healing impulse and all that comes with our muse? This is important as well as a huge more for those in need and others we don’t know. Discover what inspires you and develop it. What’s on your MORE list? We all need to examine how/what we can do to make life richer for others and for ourselves.
What do you need to do less of this year? By the same token, our lens needs to refocus on the things that hold us back and the negative self-talk and actions/habits that keep us in bondage. What can we do to lessen those old, tired, worn-out and destructive habits? It could be our addiction to sugar or any other substance. It could be procrastination, insecurity or pettiness. Choose your poison and release it and replace it with a healthier option. Of course, it is not always easy to do but we must give it a try and adopt new ways of dealing with our triggers. Putting things off is a common problem for so many of us. We have a flash of brilliance about a business idea or a creative project and, by the end of the day, we talk ourselves right out of it. Give those impulses a chance to flourish; as I read somewhere that they are gifts from our higher self. Now, who in their right mind would want to willingly give that away? As we tune in to that quiet voice within, we can begin the hard work of ridding our minds of the endless small chatter. Talk less, listen more. Worry less, be more present. Assume less, believe more. Discover what ails you and discard it. What’s on your LESS list?
Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and productive New Year!
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The Ants and the Cookie
One day, two Ants went exploring. They came across two giant cookies.
“These cookies are huge!” said the first Ant.
“One of these cookies would feed my whole family for a month,” said the second Ant. “But, how can little ants like us carry such big cookies like these?”
“It seems impossible!” said the first Ant. “But, I must try.”
So, the first Ant started to tug and pull at one cookie. Suddenly, a tiny piece broke off.
“I am going to take this piece back to my family,” said the first Ant.
“You go ahead,” said the second Ant. “I’m not going to waste my time on such a small piece of cookie. I will find a way to take the whole cookie back to my family.”
So, the first Ant went home with her small piece of cookie. Soon, the first Ant returned. She found the second Ant still pushing and shoving the other cookie, but she was unable to move it. Again, the first Ant broke off a small piece of cookie and took it back home. This went on for most of the day as some of her family even offered to join her. The first Ant kept carrying small pieces of the cookie back to her family until she had moved the entire cookie.
The second Ant finally grew tired of trying to complete the task that seemed too big to do. She went home with nothing. What is the lesson here?
The Year by Ella Wheeler Wilcox – 1850-1919
What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.
New Year: A Dialogue – Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“The night is cold, the hour is late, the world is bleak and drear;
Who is it knocking at my door?”
THE NEW YEAR:
“I am Good Cheer.”
“Your voice is strange; I know you not; in shadows dark, I grope.
What seek you here?”
THE NEW YEAR:
“Friend, let me in; my name is Hope.”
“And mine is Failure; you but mock the life you seek to bless. Pass on.”
THE NEW YEAR:
“Nay, open wide the door; I am Success.”
“But I am ill and spent with pain; too late has come your wealth. I cannot use it.”
THE NEW YEAR:
“Listen, friend; I am Good Health.”
“Now, wide I fling my door. Come in, and your fair statements prove.”
THE NEW YEAR:
“But you must open, too, your heart, for I am Love.”
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Positive Motivation Tip: Make this year your best year ever by saying YES to life, staying COMMITTED to your goals, and by ACTING on your plan for change.
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