Get Up for Your New Year

ÔÇťAnother fresh new year is here . . . another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, to love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me to live each day with zest . . . to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best! I have the opportunity once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant a tree, and sing more joyful songs.” -William Arthur Ward

What have you decided to do with your New Year?

We were making some shopping returns this week when my daughter told me, “I smiled at some grump people and they smiled back.”

“So, it worked?” I asked. “That’s the way to handle grump people?”

“That’s really much it,” Maddi said.

“You mean that’s pretty much it,” I corrected. I love how Madelynn mixes up phrases, a trait she inherited from me. I have the same problem with cliches, usually saying them backwards. More so, I love my daughter’s decision to change the mood around her. It makes me want to follow her example.

At the gym where I work out there is a quote on the wall that I always stop to re-read, “Even if you think you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

That’s my wish for 2012–to get up….to step up to the challenges in front of me. I don’t want to just sit here and let 2012 slur into the next year. We all know the track we desire to walk. It’s time to walk that track.

Get up. Step up. Stay up.

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