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Happy New Year

Faith and Hope
Faith and Hope (Photo credit: A Perfect Heart)

It’s been a year of ups and downs – more ups than downs for me. A year, at the end of which, I’m more grateful for all I’ve got. I’m looking forward to the New Year with hope and faith. I wish you dear readers, many blessings this year – love, laughter and everything good. Happy New Year!

Here’s some great advice from Ann Landers:

Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time.

  • Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories.
  • Share a funny story with someone whose spirits are dragging. A good laugh can be very good medicine.
  • Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep.
  • Pay a debt.
  • Give a soft answer.
  • 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. Pass up that second helping. You really don’t need it. Vow to eat more sensibly. You’ll feel better and look better, too.
  • Don’t put up with secondhand smoke. Nobody has the right to pollute your air or give you cancer. If someone says, “This is a free country,” remind him or her that the country may be free, but no person is free if he has a habit he can’t control.
  • Return those books you borrowed. Reschedule that missed dental appointment. Clean out your closet. Take those photos out of the drawer and put them in an album. If you see litter on the sidewalk, pick it up instead of walking over it.
  • 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.” 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.

8 Comments

  1. Indyeah Indyeah January 16, 2009

    ”Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories.””Give a soft answer.””Express your gratitude. Give credit when it’s due—and even when it isn’t. It will make you look good.””Try to understand a point of view that is different from your own.” ”Few things are 100 percent one way or another.””Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look 10 years younger.””Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you.” Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world””Avoid malcontents and pessimists. They drag you down and contribute nothing.””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.””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.”I love the whole list,but these are my absolute favourites…..:)What a beautiful list!!and what a way to start the new year..:)I only wish others would remember this…:D..”Return those books you borrowed.”

  2. Jinu P Jinu P January 15, 2009

    Happy New year!! Thank you for dropping by! I read your blog too and thought I’d introduce you to a new website, since you are talking of New Year Resolutions and discipline! http://www.intent.com is the site. It’s my latest muse and is a platform for helping each other grow and similar stuff. I typically do not believe in self help books/guides but this concept is nice. You might wanna check it out! And i hope to see you around on my blog!! 🙂

  3. mommytoalot mommytoalot January 12, 2009

    What a great list..I’m actually book marking it..because I do need reminders.xo

  4. Abhishek Abhishek January 11, 2009

    Hi Corinne. How nice of you to come and wish me a happy new year :)Thanks and wish you the same. We went to a home for differently abled in Bangalore like past couple of years. And while in Bangalore, I met my best friend after nearly an year!

  5. Usha Pisharody Usha Pisharody January 8, 2009

    Do visit here to pick up a something I have for you :)Do visit Corinne.. 🙂

  6. Raja Swaminathan Raja Swaminathan January 1, 2009

    Wish you and your near and dear ones a very Happy New Year,Corine.Always good to read your blog. There is a wealth of wisdom in it – I always learn something when I visit here and I feel really good after reading it.Keep it going. You owe it to all of us that need a pitstop in life to reflect on the purpose of it.

  7. Indian Home Maker Indian Home Maker January 1, 2009

    LOVE this list, you might see me dropping in here just for some inspiration sometimes. Sometimes these little things make so much difference, we know we must but we postpone … I need to call a lot of friends, and make a dental appointment!! Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year 🙂

  8. Usha Pisharody Usha Pisharody December 31, 2008

    Happy New Year to you too, Corinne!God Bless you and yours!

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