Photograph of ice covered window, taken by Joana Miranda

icy window sparkles

The New Year is just one week old and still full of promise.  However, if you’re pretty much anywhere in America right now, you may well be hunkered down inside away from the cold.   There’s something about enforced time off that lends the perfect opportunity for reflection, soul searching, and maybe even a little goal setting.  If nothing else, enjoying nature’s glitter (see the view of the ice crystals on my window above) along with a hot cup of tea and your shawl pulled firmly around your shoulders might just help you feel one with the world.

In this case, it’s helped to crystallize my 2014 New Year’s resolutions.  Here they are:

1. Listen more –

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”


2. Hold your beliefs lightly  –

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” 

(George EliotMiddlemarch)

3. Help yourself by helping others –

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

 (Anne Frank)

4. Let go of the past –

 “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.”

(C. JoyBell C)

5. Don’t give up on your goals –

 “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”



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