looking ahead

In light of the new year, I want to share these quotes, because they are a good reminder not to take life for granted. They come from a short book by Anna Quindlen called “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.”

“Keep still. Be present.”

“Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you.
And remember that love is not leisure, it is work.”

“Get a life in which you are generous. Look around at azaleas making fuschia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around. Take the money you would have spent on beers in a bar and give it to charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Tutor a seventh grader.”

“All of us want to do well.
But if we do not do good,
then doing well will never be enough.”

“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.”

“I learned to love the journey and not the destination. I learned that this is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is the only guarantee you get.”

Regardless of what happened last year, forget all your regrets, the moments you wish never happened, and instead dwell on the good things that made your life full and whole in 2007. And now, look forward to a new year, a time of new beginnings; not necessarily a chance to start over, but a chance to make new moments that mean something and that make your life even fuller than it was before.

happy new year.

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