It’s almost that time again, to sit down with pencil and paper and write a few New Year’s Resolutions. (Always use a pencil, so you can erase and make changes, right?)
You weren’t a big fan of resolutions. If I asked what your resolution was, you would say something like, “Each day I want to make things a little bit better,” or “Every day I will think good thoughts about —–, or say a prayer for ——,” or “Every day I’ll be thankful for that day.” The closest thing I found to a quote about resolutions was when I was cleaning out closets after I moved you and Dad to your assisted living apartment and I came across an index card where you’d written this: “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier…’ ” ~ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. And below that you’d written “Yes, Hope really does smile.”
In addition to the messages under the pictures, here are three of my favorite hopeful messages for the new year. Our blog friends are welcome to add their resolutions or favorite quotes, too.
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” ~singer, musician Brad Paisley
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes…Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do It. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ~ author Neil Gaiman
“Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”