We wish all our friends happiness in the new year. We picture a baby as the embodiment of the coming year and a really old Seasoned Citizen as the symbol of the last 12 months.  Each one of us has the opportunity, according to these icons, to shed the past and start the future with the innocence of youth.  We review our lives and make hard to keep resolutions and sing Auld Lang Syne.  

Now, instead of forgetting our resolves on January 2nd, how about trying to live up to them?

First, let’s follow the Golden Rule: “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You.”  No more resenting someone for being a different color or practicing a different religion or having more than you do.  Each of us has the opportunity to bargain with life.  If you bargain for less, you’ll get less; if you strive for more, you’re bound to reach your goals.  We must concentrate on what we can do and not on how others are impeding our way.  

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Second, let’s live as if each day was the beginning of something wonderful, that every sunrise promises the opportunity to enrich our vistas.  
• Try to learn something new every day.  A new word, someone else’s point of view (you don’t have to agree, just try to see through their eyes), and patience.  Being patient will make you a more tolerant and understanding person.  
• Be brave.  If you see an injustice happening, speak up.  As Edmond Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”
• Love yourself.  How can you love others if you don’t love yourself first?  None of us is perfect, but we can overlook our mistakes and learn from them.  Just trying makes it feasible.
• Don’t hold a grudge, let it go.  Anger turns inward and you only wind up hurting yourself.
• Laughter is the best medicine; it releases endorphins in the brain, just like chocolate, and makes us feel great.
• Be optimistic!  You will then live longer and enjoy life more.  A half empty glass can always be filled.

And now, as I said at the start, I’m wishing you, my friends, happiness, health, and everything you wish for yourselves in 2019.  Let’s raise our glasses in toast to a really wonderful and peaceful new year!

Contact Adrienne at Ergosum1@comcast.net