New Day, New Month, New Year: JANUARY 2018*

” The world is new to us every morning …..”    Baal Shem Tov**

Winter sunrise from our patio

The New Year usually prompts people to make a list of resolutions. But even the word “resolution” gives me the jitters. Then I checked my New Oxford Dictionary for the definition. The first one is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” The words “firm decision” bother me. I want some wiggle room! Then I read the second definition and found one that I could work with: “the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter…”

I have tweaked definition #2 and decided to make a list of projects or issues that I could “solve.” Here is my short list:

  1. Have more patience; be persistent in my goals; persevere until an issue or problem is resolved or altered to make it solvable.
  2. Get rid of clutter in my desk area and files so there is more space in my mind to write.
  3. Get rid of old emails, a few each day I am on the computer.
  4. Be kind to others as well as to myself and the planet. (Think Earth Day Every Day.)
  5. Enjoy every day! Find something every day that makes me smile and brings joy. (See calendar page for January below.)

These 5 goals (#1 is threefold, but I still consider it one goal, as it was first given to me by someone who grouped them together, since they are related.) are doable to me, rather than “chores” I dread tackling.


This is the January page for Renée Lock’s 2018 calendar, which I reviewed in December. Here is the internal link:

Another quote for the New Year: This one came on the screen during the credits of the new movie about England’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his struggle with the British government about his decision not to negotiate with Hitler. The title “Darkest Hour” is a fitting description for the movie. (Anthony McCarten’s book with the same name is the basis for the movie.)

Success could look like these ideas: peace in the Middle East; less crime, prejudice, and terrorism, more rain for drought-ridden California and less catastrophic events for the planet in general; a cure for cancer; and more kindness to the planet and other people. Make your own “wish list” and do your part to make those wishes come true! And as the endof the quote says, “it is the courage to continue that counts!”

With this wonderful quote I wish you all a
Happy, Healthy, Productive, and Courageous New Year!

*P.S. In Hebrew numerology, the word Chai (pronounced Khai, not “ch” as in the Indian beverage) is equal to the number 18 (each letter has a numerical value = to 18), so when I give a donation to a non-profit organization, it is usually for $18 because the word chai means Life. In the movie, Fiddler on the Roof, there was a wonderful song called: To Life! To Life! L’Chaim….. and so 2018 may very well turn out to be our “lucky” year!

Thanx to my friend Jackie for sending this photo of a chai in place of the number 18.
Perfect fit for my posting today!

**Israel ben Eliezer, known as the Baal Shem Tov or Besht, was a Jewish mystical rabbi considered the founder of Hasidic Judaism. “Besht” is the acronym for Baal Shem Tov”, meaning “Master of the Good Name” or “one with a good reputation.”Wikipedia

A Little More Kindness in the World

A few weeks ago I read a speech (online) about the need for more kindness in the world. I agree. We are so busy “doing our thing” that we sometimes forget how kindness can heal, help, and keep us human. My extended family member, Ignacio, sent this you tube that is actually an ad for an insurance company in another country, but that info comes only at the very end. Watch this you tube and see how a little kindness can go a long way. Thanx ♥

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