Friday, December 31, 2010

taking inventory

Dear Readers,

In keeping with the tradition of taking inventory of what lessons have been learned during the past year, I would like to offer my year end thoughts:

First: Know that the sun rises every single day even after the darkest night. Decide to be there to watch the sunrise.

Second: Remember that the Creator is benevolent. Look to this day for all the gifts brought to you that are seldom acknowledged. An exquisite flower, a crisp breeze, a star twinkling in the midnight blue sky, the scent of a pine tree, a purring senior cat, a bonfire to gather around, fresh sheets and pillowcases, water to refresh, and the ability to look and appreciate all the extraordinary beauty the world has to offer.

Third: Be in the moment. Stay in the moment, moment by moment. The present is all we have. Longing for the past and worrying about the future are fruitless endeavors.

Fourth: Cherish hellos and goodbyes. Neither is long enough, so make the most of each one.

Fifth: Welcome change even if it's an uninvited guest. Know that you could be entertaining "angels" unaware. Change is the one constant. Make friends with it.

Sixth: Embrace the real you. There is no one else like you in the Universe. You are truly one of a kind and put here for a higher purpose.

Seventh: Learn to love the mundane task. By polishing your skills through repetition, repetition, repetition you will shine with the stars.

Eighth: Allow others to speak and you simply listen. Good exercise in self-control and personal development.

Nine: Accept the inevitable because it always is.

Ten: Express gratitude daily for the acquaintances, friends, and loved ones the Universe has gifted you with in your life. These are your true priceless treasures.

Eleven: Memorize the following statement: Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things are changing. God alone is changeless. Patience attains the good. –St. Teresa of Avila

And, a good thought to follow every day by Henry Drummond states:

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not deter or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

Be Your Very Best Always,

Judy Williamson
Director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet

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