The New Year
A new year can
because the old year ends.
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
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.
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.
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.
|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
|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.
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
|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
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
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
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.
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
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.
|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
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
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". . . .
year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
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
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
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
The Language of Letting Go
the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.
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
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
bring to me? Nothing that shall make the world of others
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.
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
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
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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