The 2015 chapter of your life is almost over. Look back. Take time to reflect on what’s been commendable, what’s been regrettable, what’s been easy, what’s been difficult. What’s been promising, what’s been bleak. Yes, a year in our lives is filled with a mixed bag of experiences. Hopefully, most of them have brought a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.
As the year draws to an end, a new one awaits you.
It appears before you like an empty chapter waiting to be filled with experiences yet to be. I hope you live with the wisdom that your life experiences have imbued in you. With that goal in mind:
I offer you some of my favorite quotes and quips.
“Dig within. Discover what you would like to have happened in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” ~ Melody Beattie
“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” ~ Robert Cavett
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you’re making mistakes, then you’re trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.” ~ Neil Gaiman
“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” ~ Robert Frost
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, it diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” ~ Rosa Parks
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu
“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”~ Helen Keller
“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” ~ Erica Jong
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” ~ Thomas Edison
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill
“At any given age, you’re getting better at some things, getting worse at other things and at a plateau at some other things. There’s probably not one age at which you peak on most things, much less all of them.” ~ Joshua Hartshorne
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe
“Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that makes you smile.” ~ Mark Twain