Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all. Josiyah Martin

For those of us that celebrate Christmas, it is over for another season, but the reason for Christmas is with us always. The reason for Christmas may not be the same for each of us, but it gives each of us something. Is it a lift in the midst of dark and dreary, hope for mankind, a time to meet, mingle, and connect with loved ones? Whatever it is we get from Christmas it happens because someone makes it happen.

Most gifts don’t magically appear under the tree although we are told some do. The biggest gifts are the gifts of the spirit, we are a little warmer at Christmas. We go out of our way for others and feel good about it. We are more generous, kind, and forgiving. Christmas brings out the best in us.

How does it feel for those who don’t celebrate? Do they get caught up in the hustle and bustle that takes over our lives and shopping malls? Do they get caught up in the gaiety and excess of Christmas? Even if we don’t all believe in Christmas a New Year is coming for all of us. We may not all recognize January 1st as the beginning of a new year but it is the calendar most of us follow. Aren’t we looking forward to a new year with all the hope and promise it brings? Who will we help on their journey this year, who will help us?

A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle. James Keller

A new year is a time to set goals, plot our course, and set our sails towards the future we hope to achieve. Do we have big dreams for this New Year or small victories we hope to achieve? Are we willing to speak our goals or keep them quiet? Sometimes we keep our goals to ourselves because we aren’t sure how to articulate them, are afraid of failure, or aren’t fully formed yet. It isn’t always important for others to know what our goals are as long as not telling others doesn’t keep us from going after them.

Some of us have goals that require a lot of work and commitment. We have to be willing to put in the work if the goal is to come to fruition. As long as we have control over moving toward a goal we can break it down into steps to make it happen. Sometimes our goal, dream, wish, hope, and prayer depend on the stars aligning. We don’t have any control over whether our children get married and start a family although for most of us this is one of our prayers, hopes, and dreams as parents.

Many parts of life are beyond our control but we have dreams, hopes, and prayers for them. As we go into this New Year our hearts are full of hope for health, happiness, abundance, and joy. Wishing you every joy in this New Year almost upon us.

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Carl Bard

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Seneca

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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