In With The New!

2014 here I come! I put clean sheets on the bed this morning. I have a new toothbrush. I put new batteries in the remote. I have a new grandbaby. I started spring cleaning and sorted out a box of books to donate to the library. Bring it on, 2014.

Resolutions have never been my thing but I was watching Dr. Richard Besser this morning when he gave his five tips for a healthy New Year and achievable resolutions. They were simple and effective and more likely to happen, he says, if you tell someone because by so doing, you are more likely to keep yourself on track. Well – you are my someone – so here comes my five.

1)      Smile

2)      Say thanks and be gracious

3)      Stay positive and keep positive thoughts about my goals

4)      Silence is a door for patience and wisdom to enter

5)      Surely my heart can get better at listening


In the scheme of things, these are the qualities in others I want to be around and I know that you attract what you reflect. In other words, I have to put out there what I want to come back to me. For the older generation, the words are “you reap what you sow.”

I hope everyone has peace and prosperity this year. We cannot hide from natural disasters, but we can find strength in numbers, strength from our neighbors, our family, and our faith. If we can step out of our own grief long enough to look around and see the others who need our help, we will find that our own troubles lessen in the light of what we can do for others. Reach for that light. The world will be better and so will we.

Good luck with your resolution and have a Happy New Year!

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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