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Ten Thoughts to Ponder for 2010

It was a busy year and busy decade! But as every new year and new decade approaches, it not only provides a good opportunity to look back, but also to look forward. So,  let us mull over some thoughts for the newly-arrived 2010.

  1. Value old friends and welcome new ones.  Friendships work to keep us vital and bestow a remarkable sense of zeal into our lives.
  2. Smile at a children.  Believe it or not, you are an unwitting instructor and will be teaching a lesson of kindness that could remain a lifetime.
  3. Cry when you need to.  Even if you have to retreat to a solitary space, don’t suppress tears.  Releasing emotion helps us to deal with other issues at hand.
  4. Throw a picture party.  Every now and then it’s wonderful to pull out the albums and reminisce about happy times (maybe with cheese, crackers, and wine as accompaniments?).
  5. Encourage your children no matter what their age.  We often need the support of our parents no matter how old we are!
  6. Respect your parents.  They may never live up to the idealized images that reside in your head, but chances are they love you just the same.
  7. Call an old friend.  Even if you are the one who made the last contact, pick up the phone.  Some people become preoccupied with everyday living and forget to stay in touch.
  8. Treat yourself to a luxurious indulgence every now and then.  As long as the extravagance does not become habitual, no one is getting hurt (and you deserve it!).
  9. Don’t beat yourself up over past mistakes.  No one is perfect, flawless, or devoid of error.  Instead, think of the misguided steps as learning tools.
  10. Strive to be the best you can be.  As you do this, though, do not knock those around you.  Otherwise, your best will be the worst in you.

Another year has arrived, and with it comes a renewed sense of hope for the future.  May 2010 hold peace, happiness, and the fulfillment of all that is good within us.

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