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New Year Simple Reminders

By Consuelo (Chit) E. Munar

We have rung in the New Year 2017, a new season and a new beginning.  It’s full of things that have never been. As always, the new year will come with new expectations, new opportunities, and new challenges. All we could hope for is :
A year of health and happiness, a year of wealth and wisdom
A year of peace and prosperity, a year of great love and laughter.

As new year sets in, a great number of people are thinking about new year’s resolutions in varied ways: from losing weight to getting healthier or becoming a better person to dreaming to give birth to change.  Most of us have made new year resolutions in the past  with the intention of creating positive changes  in our lives.  Unfortunately, many of us have not followed through with those resolutions.  This year, instead of resolutions, I will suggest simple reminders – inspirations for living the best life. There is a compilation of simple reminders or quotes by Bryant McGill, best selling author in the market today.  In his Simple Reminders,  he delivers an “impassioned voice of spiritual teachings”,  a book of action for recovery, transformation and healing.  I receive  daily Simple Reminder quotes via e-mail that I’m very grateful and thankful to have the privilege to subscribe to it.  It’s my source of daily inspiration to reflect kindness, love, grace, determination and courage each every passing day.

The following carefully selected quotes are my favorites and I want them to share to everyone:

1.  You need to associate with people that inspire you, people that challenge you to rise higher, people that make you better.  Don’t waste your  valuable time with people that are not adding to your growth. Your destiny is too important.  (Joel Osteen)

2.  Don’t hurt anyone.  It takes a few seconds to hurt people you love and it takes years to heal. (Nanu Thakuri)

3.  Sometimes ordinary things can be made extra-ordinary if you do it with the right people.(Elizabeth Green)

4.  You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can not repay you. (John Bunyan)

5.  Real love is opening your heart to the unlovable; real gratitude is giving thanks when things aren’t perfect;real generosity is sharing when you have very little; real courage makes the “impossible” – possible with real faith. (Bryant McGill)

6.  Gratitude is like a magnet; the more grateful you are, the more you will receive to be more grateful for. (Iyanla Vanzant)

7.  Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, you strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

8.  It can be hard to forgive and let go but it’s important to remember that harboring the resentment and harboring a grudge can hurt you even more.  The word “forgive” really means giving something up for yourself not for them. (Jack Canfield)

9.  Live your life with purpose. Focus on your blessings not your misfortunes. Focus on your strengths not  your weaknesses. Be yourself and don’t wait for the approval of others. But most importantly, have a positive and humble mindset no matter what situation you are in. Count your blessings, not your problems, and you will realize how beautiful your life truly is. (Troy Amdahl)

10. Life is a circle of happiness, sadness, hard times and good times. If you are going through hard times, have faith that good times are on the way.

11. When people throw you stones, it’s because you’re a good tree full of fruits.  They see a lot of harvest in you. Don’t go down to their level by throwing them back the stones, but throw them your fruits so the seeds of yourself may inspire them to change their ways. (Unknown)

12. Make the goal not to be better than anyone else but to be better than you used to be. (Unknown)

There is no better time than right now to make life changes. After reflecting of the past and its imperfections, we look ahead to new beginnings. Typically, the new year is the time we make commitments, plan new activities like working out more, eating healthier, and spending more time with loved ones.  I believe a great way to start the new year  is being appreciative and thankful regardless of situation or circumstance we are in. Cultivating a daily habit of gratitude is a far better solution for change.









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