to anyone who stops by to read my blog!!
Quiet night on NYE. Made a nice dinner and watched ball drop from NYC. That’s all I needed to see to welcome 2011.
No resolutions, just lots of good intentions. This is from Dear Abby, based on the Al-Anon creed:
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.
I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me.
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.
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.
AND NOW, DEAR READERS,
I would like to share an item that was sent to me by I.J. Bhatia, a reader who lives in New Delhi, India:
DEAR ABBY: This year, no resolutions, only some guidelines. The Holy Vedas say, “Man has subjected himself to thousands of selfinflicted bondages. Wisdom comes to a man who lives according to the true eternal laws of nature.”
The prayer of St. Francis (of which there are several versions) contains a powerful message:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is
injury, pardon; where there is doubt,
where there is despair,
where there is darkness,
light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.