While I am not a particularly religious individual, my spiritual side emerges at least once a year in the fall and sometimes at the end of December with Ryan Seacrest as well. This year not only was the transition into 5775 important, but 2014’s departure was also significant by offering me a second opportunity to evaluate a new year with new hope, opportunities, experiences, and goals.
I’ve lost people this year who will be missed, supported people who needed kindness, accepted comfort from unexpected sources, wished for resolution of some personal conflicts, and loosely quoting from a well know source, “strive to change what I can and accept what I cannot change”.
When reflecting on how to handle the next year’s rewards and challenges, I thought it best to tap the tried and true “sentiments” of some well know names. Their words and thoughts express it better than I, but the sentiment always rings true to me.
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
― Albert Camus
“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.”
― Mark Twain
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
― Leonard Cohen
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl