What will you do this year?
What will you do differently? What will stay the same?
Will you mold the year, or let it mold you?
It seems that at each new year we make resolutions and vow to change this or that.
To start doing this and stop doing that.
And a new year is a good jumping off point - a clean beginning.
Fresh and new. Bright and encouraging.
What if things start to slip sideways? What if you feel like you can't keep it up?
No matter what 'it' is.
Here's what I say to you. What I say to me...
If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
You can do it.
And if you slip - start again. And again. And again.
Until you accomplish 'it'.
Because you can.
Happy New Year!