Quotes for
the Journey:

The New Year

A new year can begin only
because the old year ends.

Madeleine L'Engle


The Old Year has gone.  Let the dead past bury its own dead.  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


We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives. . . not looking for flaws, but for potential.        -Ellen Goodman

Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative.  A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures.  This year I challenge you to a new resolution.  I challenge you to just be yourself.        -Aisha Elderwyn

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.        -Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Every person should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with 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
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.        -Brooks Atkinson

New Year's Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no person has quite the same thoughts this evening as those that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.       -Hamilton Wright Mabie
The conventional Happy New Year approach is to think of the New Year as something 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 usually disappointed.  Happiness is not guaranteed by sunny weather, a raise in pay, a new car, a beautiful home 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 women.  Life 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
It depends on us. . . Another year lies before us like an unwritten page, 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

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.

Emily Miller

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 darkness 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

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.

Alfred Tennyson

Today, dear friends, we stand upon the verge of the unknown.  There lies before us the new year and we are going forth to possess it.  Who 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. . .  We cannot 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

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
What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.     -Vern McLellan
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 one starts afresh about things, that person will certainly do nothing effective.     -G.K. Chesterton
A 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

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Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering "it will be happier". . . .

-Alfred Tennyson
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.

-T.S. Eliot
Four Quartets
Make New 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 direction.

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 family life?

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.

Melody Beattie
The Language of Letting Go
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.     -Brad Paisley
Each 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

New Year's Requirements
W.R. Hunt

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.
Creative New Year
Wilferd A. Peterson

What miracles would happen if, for just one year, we all resolved to make this a genuinely "Creative New Year."

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.

Salespeople wo
uld begin thinking about brand new ways that they could present their products to boost sales and demonstrate prosperity.

Educators 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!


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