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Happy New Year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!
It hardly seems possible that we stand once more on the threshold of another new year. But it is. It may have been in some ways a bad year, but, in other ways, it was a very good year.
I hope we can all forget the bad and remember the good, as we look forward to this next year. Thus, I am including here an article by yours truly and some poems which I had previously published in my New Years edition of my ezine, Inspirational Success Tips on forgetting what's behind and looking forward to what's ahead. No matter what 2016 has brought for you, I encourage you to lift up your heads and go forward with hope into the coming year. I realize that some events of the past year, either news events or personal events could tend to leave us with a fearful and bleak outlook. But let us hear the words of the Christmas angels, "Fear not," for, as Longfellow wrote, "God is not dead, nor doth He sleep--The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with Peace on Earth, Good will to men!".
POEM 1: "The New Year Approaches"
by Claytia Doran
Behold, the New Year approaches
And brings with it a story
Of new beginnings and resolutions,
Of promises in all their glory.
It tells a tale of yesterdays
And brings with it a song
Of an old acquaintance we forgot
And friends we've loved all along.
It brings the promise of a Savior,
Who died for all our sins ~
His promise of a new tomorrow
For all, as the New Year begins.
Behold, the New Year approaches
And brings with it a solution
To all the questions we may have
Of new beginnings and resolutions.
New Year's Day is every man's birthday.
~Charles Lamb (said that.) MORE NEW YEARS QUOTES
(funny and un): From Quote Garden:
"Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to." --Bill Vaughn
"A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other." --Author Unknown
"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." --Bill Vaughan
"Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbors, and let every New-Year find you a better Man." --Benjamin Franklin
"No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam. " --Charles Lamb
"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us." --Hal Borland
"The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn."
"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 man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights." --Hamilton Wright Mabie
"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
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." --Oprah Winfrey
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, Lord Tennyson, 1850
For more: Visit the Quotes Garden page
FORGET IT! By James M. Becher
FORGET IT! By me, James M. Becher, from my book, "Principles of the Kingdom, God's Success Principles."
FORGET YOUR FAILURES AND MOVE ON TOWARD YOUR DREAMS.
It is a fact of life that all of us will inevitably fail in something in someway at sometime along the bumpy road of life. When this happens, we need to be able to forget it and move on toward our dreams and goals.
To quote Norman Vincent Peale: "One of the most important of all skills is that of forgetting. It is said a man is what he...eats. A man is what he forgets....to be happy and successful you must cultivate the ability to say to yourself--forget it! Memory is one of our greatest facilities, [and] It is a great skill to be able to be selective and say, 'I will hold this...this other, I will cast from me."
Why is this so important? Because, and I speak from experience, if you don't, the memories and regrets will eat at your mind like a cancer and will paralyze your progress to the extent that you will never be able to move ahead. And, after all, the failure you are remembering with so much regret may not be as big of a setback as you think.
To quote the mother superior in "The Sound of Music," when the Lord closes a door, He opens a window." But we will never see the window if we are focused upon the closed door.
But, what can we do, if, having tried to forget it, the thoughts persist in our mind? To further quote from Dr. Peale: "There are only 2 things to do:
- Do everything you reasonably can about it,
- Then practice forgetting it. Walk away from it in your thoughts. Conceive of it as lying back there growing ever more dim against the horizon as each day carries you further from it."
But, not only must we walk away from the old, but walk toward the new. Start filling your mind with new ideas and prospects for success. If you find your mind blank, try praying. Ask God to fill your mind with fresh new ideas. Then trust that He will. In the words of the Apostle, Paul in Phil.3:13, "Forgetting what is behind and pressing forward to that which is ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Of course, Paul was talking here to believers and if you haven't yet made that all-important first step of accepting Jesus as your Savior, that would be the place to start--and what better time to do so, than at the new year? -- to be born again as the new year is born. (For more see the featured lens below:)
Poem-2 Help me believe in beginnings (1st New Years Prayer)
Help me believe in beginnings
God of history and of my heart,
so much has happened to me during these whirlwind days:
I've known death and birth;
I've been brave and scared;
I've hurt, I've helped;
I've been honest, I've lied;
I've destroyed, I've created;
I've been with people, I've been lonely;
I've been loyal, I've betrayed;
I've decided, I've waffled;
I've laughed and I've cried.
You know my frail heart and my frayed history -
and now another day begins.
O God, help me to believe in beginnings
and in my beginning again,
no matter how often I've failed before.
Help me to make beginnings:
to begin going out of my weary mind
into fresh dreams,
daring to make my own bold tracks
in the land of now;
to begin forgiving
that I may experience mercy;
to begin questioning the unquestionable
that I may know truth
to begin disciplining
that I may create beauty;
to begin sacrificing
that I may make peace;
to begin loving
that I may realize joy.
Help me to be a beginning to others,
to be a singer to the songless,
a storyteller to the aimless,
a befriender of the friendless;
to become a beginning of hope for the despairing,
of assurance for the doubting,
of reconciliation for the divided;
to become a beginning of freedom for the oppressed,
of comfort for the sorrowing,
of friendship for the forgotten;
to become a beginning of beauty for the forlorn,
of sweetness for the soured,
of gentleness for the angry,
of wholeness for the broken,
of peace for the frightened and violent of the earth.
Help me to believe in beginnings,
to make a beginning,
to be a beginning,
so that I may not just grow old,
but grow new
each day of this wild, amazing life
you call me to live
with the passion of Jesus Christ.
Read more on new beginnins
A New You for A New Year
by Rev. Robert Schuller from his daily devotional book "Living Powerfully One Day At A Time."
"I am come that they might hove life, and might have
it more abundantly."(John 10:10)
Every new year is like the beginning of a totally new life!
it's exciting! Today is really the first day of the rest of
your life. It's a chance to begin all over again.
Awhile back I was interviewed in a radio station in Chicago,
Illinois. There was just the interviewer and myself in a
little radio room. We looked through a glass window at the
engineer, who threw us the signal to begin. The interviewer
began... "We have with us today, Dr. Robert Schuller," etc.
Then he asked me a question. Just after be bad asked it,
he clapped his hands and said, "I'm sorry, the engineer is
telling me that something didn't go right.
We'll have to start over." He looked at the engineer and said:
"Let's go again in about five minutes." Then he turned to me and
remarked, "This is a chance to start over.
You know," be added, "it isn't often in life that you get a
chance to start over again."
After five minutes, the engineer gave the signal and we
started again. "Good morning, we have with us today, Dr.
Schuller, etc.m etc., etc...."
It isn't often in life that you get a chance to start all over
again. I believe that every day is a chance to start all over
again. Start living a new life today! A New You in the New year.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
I choose to live it abundantly.
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Poem 3: 2nd New Years Prayer
By Helen Steiner Rice
God grant us this year a wider view,
So we see others' faults through the eyes of You.
Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue,
Neither the adult ... nor the young.
Give us patience and grace to endure
And a stronger faith so we feel secure;
And instead of remembering, help us forget
The irritations that caused us to fret.
Freely forgiving for some offense
And finding each day a rich recompense,
In offering a friendly, helping hand
And trying in all ways to understand,
That all of us whoever we are ...
Are trying to reach "an unreachable star."
For the great and small ...
The good and bad,
The young and old ...
The sad and glad,
Are asking today,
"Is life worth living?"
And the answer is only in "loving" and "giving."
For only "Love" can make man kind
And Kindness of Heart brings Peace of Mind,
And by giving love we can start
This year to lift the clouds of hate and fear.
Thoughtful New Years Humor / 3rd NEW YEARS PRAYER (unknown)
(Parts of this "Prayer" are funny, and parts are sublime.)
May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your
cardiologist, your gastro-enterologist, your urologist, your
proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your
plumber and the I.R.S
May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your
stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your
tri-glycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and
your mortgage interest not rise.
May New Year's Eve find you seated around the table,
together with your beloved family and cherished friends. May
you find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost
much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than
anything else you might ordinarily do that night.
May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others
see in you delight them. May someone love you enough to
forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes, and tell
the world about your virtues.
May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until
you finish dinner, may the commercials on TV not be louder
than the program you have been watching, and may your check
book and your budget balance - and include generous amounts
May you remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to
your spouse, your child, your parent, your siblings; but not
to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your
hairdresser or your tennis instructor.
And may we live in a world at peace and with the awareness
of God's love in every sunset, every flower's unfolding
petals, every baby's smile, every lover's kiss, and every
wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.