New Year’s Wisdom from Dear Abby

by admin on January 1, 2013

It’s the dawn of a new day, and a new year.

The canvass of my life seems as fresh and clean as the new-fallen snow blanketing the earth outside my window. Now the challenge is, how not to trample it with confused, muddy footprints that wander around aimlessly, making a mess without really going anywhere.

I found great inspiration to guide me forward this year in the re-printed New Year’s Resolutions written some years ago by Pauline Phillips, the original Dear Abby columnist, which she adapted from the credo of Al-Anon:

Just for today, I will live through this day.  I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow.  I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up.

Just for today, I will be happy.  I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me.  If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today, I will accept what is.  I will face reality.  I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.

Just for today, I will improve my mind.  I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.  I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for today, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable.  I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others.  I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.  Just for today, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

Just for today, I will do something positive to improve my health.  If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit.  If I’m overweight, I will eat healthfully – if only for today.  I will get off the couch and take a walk.

Just for today, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

It’s the dawn of a new day, and a new year – which it really is, fresh and alive with possibility, every day.  Let us enjoy a mindful journey towards health and happiness, one day at a time, all year long.


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