Reflections for the New Year

My friend Barb, who is also divorced, owns a health food store in Williamsport, PA and has a one-page article each day on her store’s website: We have collaborated often on projects and share similar values. The most recent posting by Barb is too good not to share, so with her permission, I am re-posting this wonderful list of ideas for 2010. I agree with all of her ideas! Please go to the website and subscribe. One page a day is easy to absorb.

Reflections on the Eve of a New Year
Barb posted this New Year's Eve

Tomorrow, a new year and a new decade extend before us with hope and uncertainty. Are you planning to make any New Year’s resolutions?

Statistically, the most popular resolutions have to do with losing weight and getting in shape. Unfortunately, the average life span of most New Year’s resolutions is about 7 days.

Rather than giving up chocolate or vowing to exercise 4 times a week, perhaps we would be wise to pause tonight and meditate on the ways we can open ourselves to change.

What would happen if we all began to look at the world a bit differently? After all, when all is said and done, we are promised to reap what we sow and receive what we give. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Keep learning. The best way to sharpen your mind is to learn something new. Life is an exciting classroom; don’t make plans to graduate.
  2. Spend time with cheerful friends. The chronically grouchy can rob your energy and your joy.
  3. Live in the moment. It’s truly all there is. If you dwell on the past or anticipate and worry about the future, you miss the simple beauty each moment holds.
  4. Allow more room in your life for laughter. Watch a funny movie, or better yet, find some children to play with. Discover the freedom and joy in their mirth.
  5. Surround yourself with what you love. Make your home your refuge and fill it with family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, and whatever is lovable that you love.
  6. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it.
  7. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the beach or the mountains or even another country but refuse to buy (or accept) a ticket for a guilt trip.
  8. At every opportunity, tell the people you love that you love them
  9. Whatever it is that makes you feel most alive and most connected – do it more often.
  10. Choose life, embrace forgiveness, and remember that no one is in charge of your happiness but you.

I wish each of you a new year filled with expanded awareness, greater joy, better health, exciting adventures, and above all, more love. Barb Jarmoska, Freshlife founder

A friend sent this and remarked that it looked like a giant snowflake. I used it on, but love it too much not to put it here, too.

2 thoughts on “Reflections for the New Year

  1. What posting are you referring to. Happy New Year. Are you back fro your cruise? ellensue

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