Learn Something New Every Day!

It is not only a new day, but a whole new year.  It is a perfect time to reflect, dream, plan, move forward.  Of course, all those actions require change—and change is not easy!  That is one reason I expect new year’s resolutions have such a bad reputation about being hard to keep. I personally know how hard it is to stick with a new program or plan to meet new year’s resolutions.  I will review my own actions from last year—successes and failures—later in the month when my birthday comes around.  Right now, as I start reflecting and dreaming, I am hopeful for a bright new year.

butterlfy 2As you decide what you wish to accomplish in the new year, think about what is most important to you—the things that bring you joy, happiness, love, friendship, community.  Also acknowledge your skills and creativity; they can so often be the pathway to success!  Commit to your plans with confidence, courage, and enthusiasm.  Also, remember that actions—new or ongoing—do not need to be huge and grandiose; sometimes the small things make the biggest impact.  Trust your heart!

As I contemplate the challenges I will face in 2013 and thus make some decisions about the goals I will make to keep moving forward, I look to nature and to favorite quotes for inspiration.  I will share some below, hoping they give you some insight or ideas as well.


To begin, it is important to remember that life is change and vice versa.  So it is best to embrace change and enjoy life for all its unexpected pleasures.  And remember that life, too, can be fleeting, so enjoy each and every day.  Tell family and friends how much you love them.  Be kind to all, even strangerss.  Just get started.  You cannot soar if you never stretch your wings!

red winged black bird flying

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  Robert Frost

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”  Emily Dickinson

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  Helen Keller

“Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward, bend to the winds of heaven, and learn tranquility.”   Dedication from Father of the Trees 

redwood in sunshine

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no bird sang there except those that sang best.”  Henry Van Dyke

singing quali

“Never yet was a spring time when the buds forgot to bloom.”   Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

buds on fruit tree branch

“You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.”  Oprah Winfrey

rose with lots of buds

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Lao-tzu

tree path

Finally, as the first day of a brand new year draws to a close, I hope each and every one of you has made some plan for tomorrow, for next week, for the new year.  Remember, your plan does not have to be huge or grand.  It is just important to get started.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”  Helen Keller

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”  Ghandi

“Five years from now you will pretty much be the same as you are today except for two things:  the books you read and the people you get close to.”  Charles Jones

“Suceess is the sum of small efforts—repeated day in and day out.”  Robert Collier

So how will you make 2013 a better year for yourself, your family and friends?  I wish us all the courage to get started and the perseverance to keep going. 

Comments on: "A Happy New Year Is Up to You!" (10)

  1. Quite the motivational post for the new year … very fitting … but also filled with realism. Happy New Year, Patti!

  2. Really beautiful post, Patti. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I plan on a grand new year! I will spend more time with my husband and with my art. I live in love and gratitude! Thank you for your lovely, encouraging blog!

  4. I’ve tried to “like” this post a dozen times over, which hasn’t worked; perhaps if I were brighter, I’d’ve stopped and started typing this comment sooner!

    This year is one I hope will be simple. I would like peace, with enough small victories that I remember the year somewhere down the line. For right now, I am making good on my resolve to do better by my body. I’m almost done with my sixth day of the Elimination Diet, which means I am six days closer to figuring out what’s been making me feel miserable these last several months. I’m glad for that. Also for you. 🙂

    • I have no clue why the “like” button did not work. I always attribute such matters to gremlins! Regardless, I am glad you stopped by. Good luck with your resolutions. I am always just glad you keep writing and posting, as I love to read your blog with all its insight, hope and gratitude. Happy New Year!

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