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Happy New Year

I have resolutions for each new year, sometimes they change with each new day.

They are always the same live healthy, love more, get organized, be happy…

“Cheers to a new year another chance for me (us) to get it right.” (Oprah Winrey)


Here’s something that I clipped from the newspaper several years ago.

I put it on the refrigerator and read it often.



Dear Abby’s
New Year’s Resolutions


Just for today, I will live through this day only, and not set
far-reaching goals to try to overcome all my problems at once.
I know I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me
if I thought I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today, I will be happy. Abraham Lincoln
said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make
up their minds to be”. He was right. I will not
dwell on thoughts that depress me. I will chase
them out of my mind and replace them with happy thoughts.

Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is.
I will face reality. I will correct those things
that I can correct and accept those I cannot.

Just for today, I will improve my mind. I will not
be a mental loafer. I will force myself to read
something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.

Just for today, I will do something positive to
improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll make
an honest effort to quit. If I’m overweight,
I’ll eat nothing I know to be fattening and
I’ll force myself to exercise ~ even if it’s
only walking around the block or using the
stairs instead of the elevator.

Just for today, I will make a conscious effort
to be agreeable. I will look as good as I can,
dress becomingly, speak softly, act courteously,
and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

Just for today, I’ll try not to improve anybody
except myself. We know so much more about nutrition
and how much exercise and sensible living can extend
life and make it more enjoyable; so just for today,
I’ll take good care of my body so I can celebrate
many more happy new years.

Just for today, I will have a program. I may not
follow it exactly, but I will have it, thereby
saving myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

Just for today, I will gather the courage to do what
is right and take the responsibility for my own actions.


I really do think I can do anything for one day, what about you?


  1. i like to laugh, i mean really laugh (loud) with my mom…

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! You are too kind!

    You have posted beautiful words to live by! Hope you have a blessed and happy new year!

  3. Hi Debbie,

    Have a very Happy New Year!!
    I hope the New Year brings you everything you are hoping for…
    I look forward too many more posts, I always love to see what you are up to!
    All the Best,

  4. Hmm… that must have gotten lost in the mail. I know that was meant for me. LOL 😉 Great bits of advice. Thanks for sharing Debbie!!

  5. What a wonderful thing to post on this eve of a new year. Sort of puts it all in perspective. One day at a time. Happy New Year Debbie! I so enjoy your blog and am looking forward to what you have up your sleeve for 2012.

  6. I love the Dear Abby letter. I think I need to put it on my refrigerator.
    Have a Happy New Year one day at a time!

  7. I love this and also like taking a positive outlook on a fresh new year. Beautiful picture too. Happy New Years to you!

  8. Love this. I need to put it on the fridge too. Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

  9. I love the Dear Abby piece.
    And…Debbie, your blog is looking more and more beautiful and so are your articles. You’ve grown a lot.

  10. Thanks for sharing & Happy New Years to you!

  11. So very true!

    Happy New Year!

  12. Happy New Year to you Debbie! I agree – one day at a time.

  13. Love it!! I too think I can do anything for a day.
    . Glad I stumbled across your blog. Happy New Year!

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