We’ve just celebrated the last week of the year, and each year we’re always hoping the coming year is better than the last, only to find out that the new year comes with its own challenges. It’s customary back home to ring in the new year in Church, in one of the ‘watch-night services,’ where we prayed for Good Health, Wealth, Prosperity, and all those good stuff we want in our lives. That’s just one tradition that has become a casualty of moving, to be honest, not sure I can still stay up that late anymore. So many traditions have been lost over the years but I’ve learned to make new ones, and through ringing in the New Year with prayer and thanksgiving, I’ve learned that I can do this anytime, anywhere because prayer has the unwavering power to bring change. It may not always be the change we’re looking for but change will come!
May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simon
We’re hours away from welcoming a new year, well, a day at least. Given the uncertainty of the past few years, I’ve heard some people say they dread the New Year, and just take it as it comes. Me, I’ve never been the one to make resolutions. 2023 will come in just as all those before it, bringing with it a clean slate, and new beginnings, giving us 365 days of endless possibilities. How you use them is entirely up to you but, if you’re not sure yet, here are four points you may wish to consider, your future self will thank you!
Choose to be YOU! Faking it is one of the most exhausting activities you’ll ever carry out. Trying to be someone else is hard, it’s so much easier to be yourself because you don’t have to think about it, it all comes naturally. If people don’t like the real you, then find a new group. If no one else chooses you, choose yourself above all else, in the end, it’s you, you have to live with.
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I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.
― Norman Vincent Peale
This Christmas mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love, and then speak it again.
― Howard W. Hunter