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January 2, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – January 2, 2013

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:24 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

With 2013 only two days old, most of us are anticipating events which the new year will bring.  Our thoughts take a forward glance into the future as we anticipate planned events, expected joys and possible sorrows which will fill the 365 days of 2013.

 

Not only do we look forward to the future, but we also tend to look back at the past to trace our steps to the present.  In our mind’s eye, we can instantly recall a variety of events and memories of happy times shared with those we love, sad or lonely moments spent in solitude, once in a lifetime experiences and highlights of achievement.

 

Each event in our past has left a permanent mark upon us.  The decisions we made in 2012 have led us to where we are today.  We now reap the joys or sorrows of our right or wrong doings.

 

The beginning of the new year is a good time to take stock in ourselves, to consider what direction our lives will take and to resolve to try a little harder during the next 12 months.

 

We often take it to heart that New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken, but we benefit from even the smallest resolution.  Regardless of how insignificant a desire to improve our life status or environment may seem to others, our personal resolutions are a step in the right direction. When we desire to change the wrong things and make the right things even better, then personal improvement and achievement result.

 

Life would be richer if we took the time to consider some of the following resolutions which may be used as building blocks for happiness.

 

Resolve to live one day at a time and to face the challenges that life has to offer.

 

Resolve to give God first place in our lives and to rely on His promises and biblical teaching for peace, happiness, and assurance in the present and future.

Resolve to love our fellow man as we love ourselves and to respect the rights and feelings of others.

 

Resolve to renew our patriotism and respect for our civil and religious liberties that our forefathers forfeited their lives to preserve.

 

Resolve to be a friend and to cultivate new friendships.

 

Resolve to accept the things we cannot change and to have the courage to change those we can.

 

Resolve to take care of our health and to refrain from habits which are harmful to our bodies and endanger the lives of others.

 

Resolve to look for the good in others and to offer encouragement rather than criticism.

 

Resolve to take the time to enjoy the little things of life, the laughter of children, the smell of roses, the softness of a kitten, and the warmth of sunshine.

 

Life will be richer by far when we resolve to accept each new day as a gift from God and offer gratitude for the blessings He bestows upon us.

 

January 2, 2013

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