"This year, mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotton friend.
Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. 
Write a letter.
Give a soft answer.
Encourage youth.
Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.
Keep a promise.
Forgo a grudge.
Forgive an enemy. 
Try to understand.
Examine your demands on others.
Think first of someone else.
Be kind.  Be gentle. 
Laugh a little more.
Express your gratitude.
Welcome a stranger.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Speak your love and then speak it again." 
-Howard W. Hunter, December 1994, share with me by my friend, Palma Davis
"Only when we come understand that our purpose is more than the struggle to survive, do we become able to fully share the gifts we were born with and create something wonderful." - Jo Lyn Cornelsen

This was forwarded to me from the Early to Rise newsletter
published at www.earlytorise.com. I've heard the story before in church - it's a great New Year reminder to focus on things that are most important in life...

"A philosophy professor and his student stand in a warehouse. A large
tin bucket and several boxes are in front of them.

The professor picks up a box that contains large rocks, each one about
four inches in diameter, and pours them into the bucket. The stones
reach the top of the bucket, and he asks the student if it is full.

"It is," the student replies.

The professor takes another box, this one containing stones about one
inch in diameter, and pours them over the rocks in the bucket. The
smaller stones fill in the spaces between the rocks. Again, he asks
the student if the bucket is full.

The student looks and says, "It is."

The professor then pours in the contents of a third box, this one
containing small pebbles. Again, the student looks in and agrees that
the bucket is full.

Finally, the professor pours a box of sand on top of the rocks,
stones, and pebbles. And once more, for the fourth time, the student
has to acknowledge that the bucket is full.

"The lesson," the professor tells the student, "is to do the most
important thing first, and each lesser thing in order of its priority.
In this way, you will be able to fill up your life four times, instead
of just once. If you do the unimportant things first, you'll be
filling your bucket with sand... and there won't be room for anything

This was forwarded to me from the Early to Rise newsletter
published at www.earlytorise.com. I picked it out as a New Year
reminder of the things that are most important in life...

Releasing deeper layers: Fear of past patterns of "being left behind" were clouding today's new experiences of "growing forward". I found my fears were disrupting precious relationships. 
In my safe, peaceful place I tapped and verbalized, and the old pain burst out through tears and awfull sounds. 
I kept tapping in acceptance and validation, 
and in less than 30 seconds the fear and pain were gone, leaving behind a feeling of being open and centered. 

That space in me is free and I can now create a new, supportive and happy pattern.