01 January 2013

Happy New Year *\O/*

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"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 man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. 
Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective."
- G.K. Chesterton

Wouldn't New Year be the time to experience yourself, your husband, your children, your family and friends anew?  What would happen if you focused on everyone's good points, rather that their faults (including your own)?   When you love others and accept their right to be themselves, why not extend the same to yourself? 

I challenge you (and myself) to take a "do over" as Gilbert suggests above.  Forgive yourself for what you have done wrong, make amends if you can, and start over.  Take a few days to organize yourself, your family, and your possessions.  Commit to taking better care of yourself each day: spirit, body, and mind.  You needn't run for sainthood, but maybe you could spend a few minutes in prayer and scripture reading every day.  You needn't commit to losing 100 pounds in a year, but maybe you could eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise for a few minutes a day--all with your physician's advice, to be sure.  You needn't earn a degree, but maybe you could read an improving book each month, a few pages a day.

These little decisions add up over time.  "Patiently, thought by thought..."

Agape always,

PS:  If you are Catholic, why not go to Confession?  Especially if it has been a while.  Your soul will be reconciled to God, and you will feel so much better.  

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