Make Every Day New Year's Day
In the late 1500s, Pope Gregory XIII ordered improvements made to correct the Julian calendar of the Romans. It took a few hundred years for the Gregorian calendar to be adopted across Europe and the Americas. Protestant countries, such as England, resisted because it was associated to the Catholic Church. The Russians and Greeks adopted the calendar in the early 1900s.
Each year presents us with opportunities, challenges, and learning moments. These can be related to gratitude, spirituality, patience, confidence, humility, listening, growing, action, love, nature, humor, aging, work, family, and consistency. Sometimes we may look at the world and see it all as "conflict", maybe that is how some of us are born and hardwired or maybe it was how we were taught to write by some of our teachers. It does not have to be that way, our lives and stories we write don’t have to be created around the narrow word “conflict”. Stories and life are wider and richer than just “conflict”. Each day is a gift. The statements below help us reflect and remember how to live each day as if it were
"Life is not dated merely by years. Events are sometimes the best calendars."
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
"Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero"-
(Seize the Day, putting as little trust as possible in the future)
"as we have opportunity, may we work the good to all"
"Life is difficult.
This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters."
M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
"Without recognizing the ordinances of Heaven, it is impossible to be a superior man."
“Life is a journey."
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. He who knows does not speak.
He who speaks does not know. Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires. People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge. The more laws and order are made prominent, The more thieves and robbers there will be. Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream. At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."
"Faith is Action, Based upon Belief, Sustained by Confidence
in God's Word and His promise to perform it."