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Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 - A Promise

As we near the beginning of a new year, I am wondering what this year will bring, what will I do, where will I go and how I will focus on those things that are important. 

This year has been a one of highs and lows. We started off the new year 2013 with a sense of hopelessness and despair - waiting for Ian to get his lung transplant. Thankfully we were lucky and received a phone call on March 10th and Ian got his transplant.  The road to recovery was quite filled highs and lows, however  Ian was out of hospital after day 7 - walking his daughter Sarah down the aisle on her wedding day. 

Since this time over the remainder of the year, we have been touched by illness, sadness, grief, happiness and friendship. We have done some travelling and explored new places.  We have learned to cherish what we do have and find the good in what we can. 
I came across this verse below and I think we can all find some words that we can apply in everyday life   It's something I would like to put into practice during 2014.
I am not usually one who is good with words -  but if anything this year has taught me to appreciate life, enjoy what we have and not let the little stuff stress me.I want to remember where we were 9 months ago and look at how far we have come, where we are today, what could of happened but didn't., remind my self not to take anything for granted. Life is to short.

“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
Christian D. Larson,