31 December 2017
and welcome to the last day of our year! It's
time to let go
of the past year and to welcome the new one, along
with all the
opportunities and potential for doing good that it
brings us. While
the journey from one day to the next is simply one
day to the next,
the symbolic passing into the new year gives us the
chance for new
starts, new ideas, and stronger efforts to achieve
what we hope
to achieve in these lives we've been given!
Wilferd A. Peterson
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For last year's words
belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
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.
A new year can
begin only because the old year ends.
Wilferd A. Peterson
What miracles would happen if, for just one year, we all
resolved to make this a genuinely "Creative New
Manufacturers, looking at their products, would say, "It
isn't good enough!" and would think about how
they could improve it to serve customers better.
Ministers would think about how they could revolutionize
their church services to attract and inspire more people.
Husband, wife, and whole families would go into a huddle
to discover ways to make their home a different, better,
more wonderful place to live.
Would-be authors would forget past rejection slips, dust
off their typewriters, and take another crack at writing
the great American novel.
Inventors, taking a tip from Edison, who made thousands of
experiments in the development of the electric light,
would make new attempts to complete their inventions and
get them on the market.
begin thinking about brand new ways that
they could present their products to boost sales and
would begin thinking up ways to improve education, to help
students live up to their potential.
Doctors would start expanding their services to consider
the needs of the whole patient--body, mind, and spirit.
Politicians would begin thinking about ways that they
could serve the people more effectively.
You who are reading this, whatever your work, your goals,
your dreams, resolve to put your creative mind to work in
the new year. Launch an aggressive, creative drive
for new ideas and new ways of doing things, to better
serve people. This is your key to a Happy New Year!
for the New Year
seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than
I will seek to be worthy more than respectable; wealthy and not
I will study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act
frankly. I will listen to
stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart. I
will bear all things
cheerfully, do all things bravely, await occasions, and hurry
never. In a word,
I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up
through the common.
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week we look forward to the start of a new year, untouched,
like a slate that is unmarked and clean, just waiting for us
to paint our thoughts and impressions onto it. Many of
us will start to compile a list of New Year resolutions. . .
setting goals for 2004. For a lot of us, by the end of
January many of those goals start to unravel, and we become
discouraged, wondering why we should continue on the course
that looked so bright at the beginning.
think if we approach the New Year with a different perspective
and keep a symbol or image in our minds it may be easier to
stay focused and navigate the road ahead. I approach the
New Year as a builder, a person who sees a piece of land and
the possibilities that can come forth. I look at the
formulation of my goals, hopes, and dreams as a house. . . a
beautiful shining building that by the end of the year I can
be proud of. A builder needs tools, not just hammers and
nails but faith, encouragement, conviction and the belief that
when you put your mind to it, anything is possible.
January we start the foundation. We make sure it is
strong and has the potential to hold what we place upon it.
We make sure there are no cracks. Each succeeding month
we add to our house--floor by floor we put in the plumbing,
the electrical wiring, the heating system, etc.
Sometimes we make mistakes: one room may not be wired
right, so we go back, repair the damage and continue on.
By the spring, we see that our house is off the ground and
rising. The contributions we have made to our house are
beginning to show. People pass by and are amazed how
"fast" the house is starting to come together. . .
but little do they see the problems that we encountered to get
to our level.
we go, each day building brick by brick with the sky above us.
. . and with each brick a feeling of accomplishment comes over
us and a better understanding of the mistakes we have made so
that we try not to make them again. God looks down and
sees a person trying to push forward with a house of meaning
and purpose. A badly built house with a weak foundation
won't stand very long, but a good house can last forever.
God understands how hard it is to built good houses.
the fall, our floors are completed, and we are about to add
our roof. We want a roof that will not leak, that can take the
elements. If we have done all our work and done it well,
by the end of the year we will be standing in front of a house,
amazed that we were able to accomplish this once-monumental
task. We look at each brick and floor and see a story.
We see the setbacks and the over comings. It is possible
to build a good house, God willing, with the right tools and
determination. . . All things are possible.
Good Luck with your house,
new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves
they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back
they were before and feel like failures. This year I
to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself.
The idea of a new year
grows more precious--and a bit more tenuous--as we
age. Now that I'm well into my fifties, each year
that I live is closer to the end--and each new year that
arrives is, of course, more likely to be my last one
than the years that came around when I was in my
twenties or thirties. As we grow older, we
hopefully learn to appreciate the preciousness of the
time that we have here and do our best to make the most
of it while we have it.
With that said, one of the things that happens in my
mind is that I realize that the coming year is one of my
later years, and it's very important to me to make the
most of it. It's important not just not to waste
the time I've been given, but to use that time to
accomplish things that are important in life. I'm
not talking about a checklist of major achievements; I'm
not about to write the world's best novel ever during
the coming twelve months. But there are many
things that I can do during this time that I have that
will contribute to the positive side of this world and
that will make my own life more pleasant, more
enjoyable, and more productive.
So when a new year comes around, I have to ask myself a
different question nowadays: What special things
can I do to make sure that this is a good year, as it
very well may be my last?
And by the way, I don't consider this to be a negative
perspective at all. Everyone dies, and I'm no
exception. I'm not going to deny that fact.
And I don't really consider death to be all that
negative a thing--I'm actually kind of curious to find
out what actually does happen when we "pass
on" from this world. I'm not going to
actively search out that answer, but when the time does
come for me to learn it, I'm sure it will be
So in this new year of mine, I'm determined to have
fun. I'm going to enjoy what I'm doing, and if I'm
not enjoying it, then I'm going to stop doing it.
By enjoyment, I don't mean things that make me laugh out
loud or that are completely stress-free. I love
teaching, for example, and I enjoy doing it, but it does
cause me an awful lot of stress. The stress is
worth it, though, and even when I feel overwhelmed and
stressed out, I'm still enjoying teaching. I also
enjoy running and talking with friends and writing and
going for long walks and long drives--there are plenty
of things in this life that I truly enjoy doing, and I'm
going to do more of them.
I don't enjoy petty little arguments over trivialities,
and I don't enjoy being around people who are mean,
destructive, and belittling of others. I don't
enjoy certain social situations, and I don't enjoy
boring presentations, meetings, sermons, or anything
else for which I'm expected to sit quietly while someone
else bores me to tears. So I'm going to avoid such
things to the best of my ability.
I'm definitely going to read more. When I read, I
learn, and when I learn, I feel that I'm accomplishing
one of my greatest goals as a human being on this
planet. I love to learn and I believe that
learning as much as I can about as many different things
and ideas as I can is one of my most important tasks to
accomplish here. When I read, I learn about life
and human nature and science and philosophy and poetry
and feelings. I learn through the eyes and mind
and heart of someone else who has put into words things
that I haven't yet thought of. Novels,
non-fiction, poetry, articles, essays--they can all help
me to expand my perspective and make me more aware of
what's going on in our world and in the hearts and minds
of my fellow human beings.
This year I'm going to focus on unity and oneness.
I'm going to do my best to keep in mind with every
interaction with every person the fact that we
belong together, we need one another, and that we share
this world together, not in separateness. I'm
going to keep in mind that this person's well-being is
intricately involved with my own well-being, and that
the way I treat other human beings and animals helps to
determine the quality of life for me. We are not
separate from one another--we just pretend that we are
to make life a bit easier for ourselves. Easier,
perhaps, but not more fulfilling and not richer.
I'm going to be an encourager. I'm going to look
for the positive in all the people that I meet and I'm
going to actually tell people the positive that I
see. I'm going to let people know that I
appreciate them and I'm going to encourage them to do
the things that they love to do rather than criticize
them for not doing the things that I think they should
do. I know that people respond much, much better
to encouragement, so I'm going to do my best to make
encouragement something that happens as second nature in
my life. I want to give encouragement and help to
contribute to the positive of the world, and in order to
do so I need to commit myself to making the effort all
I'm going to be a giver. I often hold back on
giving because I'm not really sure if giving is the best
thing for the recipient, or because I'm afraid that if I
give something away, I may need it myself soon.
I'm going to check my worries more often, keeping in
mind that in all the years I've been here, I still
haven't run into problems created by me giving something
away. And all of the doubts that I have had about
others needing to do things themselves rather than being
given something have turned out to be groundless.
I'm also going to work hard at letting go of things that
I think are important. As I get closer to the end
of my life, I'm learning that almost everything that I
thought was extremely important has turned out to be
rather unimportant. Yes, it's important to have
money, but so many of my worries over the years have
been unfounded ones about money, so I can work on
letting go of my dependence upon money. I have
tons of books and cd's that I don't really need because
I don't have time to listen to all the music and read
all the books--and I don't need to keep them "just
The main things that have turned out to be truly
important have been my relationships with other
people--the people close to me to whom I can give my
love and my support; the students I work with, with whom
I can share my knowledge, my encouragement, and my
teaching skills; and all the other human beings on the
planet, even those I see for only a few moments who may
be in need of a positive word of hope or a sincere
compliment. So I'm going to work on spreading the
positive and minimizing the negative.
There's much more that I'm going to try to do with this
new year, but I think that what it boils down to is the
ongoing struggle to pare down life to its essentials,
and getting rid of whatever I have in excess. In
relationships, it comes down to spending time with other
people without having unrealistic expectations of them
or their actions--simply enjoying their company is
enough. I want to have a simple life that isn't
bogged down by possessions or wants or judgments, and if
I'm to have that life, it's up to me to make it, and if
I want to make it, it's up to me to consciously start
the process. And when is better to start such a
process than at the start of the newest year of our
And on the first day of each month, I can start again.
And on the first day of each week, I can remind myself
of what I want and start again.
And in the first hour of each morning. . . .
on the new year.
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The object of a New Year
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 one
starts afresh about things, that person will certainly do nothing effective.
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 who pays.
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.
Do not begin the new year
by recounting to yourself or others all your losses and sorrows.
Let the past go. Should some good friend present you with material
for a lovely garment, would you insult her by throwing it aside and
describing the beautiful garments you had worn out in past times?
The new year has given you the fabric for a fresh start in life, why
dwell upon the events which have gone, the joys, blessings and
advantages of the past! . . . . Think of yourself as on the threshold of
unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious year lies before
you! In a year you can regain health, fortune, restfulness,
The Heart of the New Thought
What the new year
brings to you will depend a great deal
on what you bring to the new year.