Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year, New You

I thought this was a good way to start off the new year and I am going to try and follow it as much as possible!! (it's from Dear Abby)

Dear Readers: Rise and shine, everyone! Welcome to a brand-new year. Today is our chance for a new beginning, the day we discard destructive habits for healthy new ones. With that in mind, I'm printing Dear Abby's oft-requested list of New Year's resolutions — adapted by my mother from the original credo of Al-Anon.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. 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 for a lifetime.

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'll improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I'll 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'll eat healthily — if only just for today. And not only that, I'll get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

4 comments:

Emmy Z. said...

Those are awesome. I definitely need to remember these things!

T.R. said...

Nice. I hope we did all of those things yesterday too, eh?

Busty LaRue said...

Hey! found your blog through Jenny. Those are some great ideas. I think I might be able to stick to my resolutions, if I just take it one day at a time. right? maybe?

Jo

Michael said...

I decided that my resolution for this year would be to not make any resolutions... pretty smart huh, then I don't fail at them and have to reset them again and again for the next ten years. I know... pure genious.