Drop the last year into the silent limbo
of the past.
Let it go,
for it was imperfect,
and thank God that it can go.
The conventional Happy New Year approach is to
think of the New Year
that happens outside of our selves.
It is a good luck wish
that the New Year, in some
magical way, will
bring us our heart’s desire. We look to the New Year to make us happy.
When we expect happiness to come
to us from the outside, we are
is not guaranteed
by sunny weather, a raise in pay, a new car, a beautiful
or anything else
of a material nature.
External things are often possessed by very unhappy
people. Happiness does not come out of a New Year, it comes out of men and
does not change when we hang a new calendar on the wall
or when the
clock strikes midnight
and a New Year begins.
The only way life will
change for us is when we change ourselves.
Wilferd A. Peterson
Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves
they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how
were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you
to a new
resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself.
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|The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own
The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail
the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!
Edward Payson Powell
Every person should be born again on the first day of January.
a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if
necessary, or let
down one, according to circumstances; but on the first
of January let every
person gird him or herself once more, with face to the
front, and take
no interest in the things that were and are past.
Henry Ward Beecher
Eve is like every
other night; there is no pause
in the march of the
no breathless moment of
that the passage
twelve months may be noted;
yet no person has quite
thoughts this evening
as those that come with the
coming of darkness on other nights.
Hamilton Wright Mabie
Today, dear friends, we stand upon the verge of
the unknown. There
before us the new year and we are going forth to possess it.
can tell what we shall find?
What new experiences, what changes shall
come, what new needs shall
arise?. . . . The land is a land of hills and valleys.
It is not all smooth nor all downhill.
If life were all one dead level, the dull
sameness would oppress
us; we want the hills and valleys. . .
tell what loss and sorrow and trial are doing.
Trust only. The Father
comes near to take our hand and lead us on our way today.
It shall be a good, blessed new year!
Lettie B. Cowman
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.
this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through
the rooms of our lives. . . not looking for flaws, but for potential.
depends on us. . . Another year lies before us like an
an unspent coin, an unwalked road. How the pages will read,
what treasures will be gained in exchange for time,
or what we find along
the way, will largely depend on us.
Esther Baldwin York
And I said to the man who
stood at the gate of the year:
"Give me a light
that I may
tread safely into the
unknown." And he replied:
"Go out into the
and put your hand into
the hand of God. That
shall be to you better
than light, and safer
than a known way."
Minnie Louise Haskins
Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer,
With never a thought of sorrow;
The old goes out, but the glad young year
Comes merrily in tomorrow.
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.
A new year can
begin only because the old year ends.
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New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing
365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from
last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot
to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.
Peggy Toney Horton
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We
to put words on them ourselves. The book is called
and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
Tomorrow is the first blank page
of a 365-page book. Write a good one.
Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have
happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is
an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the
year to come.
Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a
universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life
What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What
would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to
attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you
like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects,
would you like to have removed?
What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where
would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in
friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your
What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would
you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?
Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time,
and write it all down--as an affirmation of you, your life, and
your ability to choose. Then let it go.
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting
to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
The Language of Letting Go
For last year's words belong to last
And next year's words await another voice.
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering "it will be happier". . . .
flower unblown; a book unread;
A tree with fruit unharvested;
A path untrod; a house whose rooms
Lack yet the heart's divine perfumes;
A landscape whose wide border lies
In silent shade beneath the skies;
A wondrous fountain yet unsealed;
A casket with its gifts concealed--
This is the Year that for you waits
Beyond tomorrow's mystic gates.
Horatio Nelson Powers
The object of a New Year is not that
we should have a new year. It is
that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new
backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular person made
New Year resolutions, he or she would make no resolutions. Unless
starts afresh about things, that person will certainly do nothing
What the new year
brings to you will depend a great deal
on what you bring to the new year.
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Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
William Arthur Ward
The sun is just rising on the morning of another day, one of the
first of a new year. What can I wish that this day, this year, may
bring to me? Nothing that shall make the world of others poorer,
nothing at the expense of others; but just those things which in
their coming do not stop with me, but touch me rather,
as they pass and gather strength:
A few friends who understand me, and yet remain my friends.
A work to do which has real value without which the world
would feel the poorer.
A return for such work small enough not to tax unduly anyone
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed.
An understanding heart.
A sight of the eternal hills and unresting sea, and of something
beautiful the hand of humans has made.
A sense of humor and the power to laugh.
A few moments of quiet, silent meditation. The sense of the
presence of God.
. . . and the patience to wait for the coming of these things,
with the wisdom to know them when they come.