Friday, 4 January 2013

New Year, New You. And Other Cliches

As if the ongoing social media updates of promises to give up bad food, bad cigarettes, bad sex, bad lifestyles, bad grammar weren't enough, we have also been bombarded with ongoing 'Inspirational' quotes and speeches as we've seen in the New Year, battled hangovers and braved returning to work. 
Rather cynically, I normally press delete or ignore, groan and move on, but one article HAS got to me. Undoubtedly you've seen it before. It was a piece written by an American Pulitzer nominated writer, Regina Brett a few years back. I've para-phrased, but it's worth the read. And it's definitely worth taking to heart. 2013 is going to be great for us all.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
When in doubt, just take the next small step.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Don't take yourself too seriously. No one else does.
Pay your credit cards every month.
You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
 It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 
Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying. 
You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 
Over prepare, then go with the flow. 
Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you. 
Always choose life. 
Forgive everyone everything.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Time heals almost everything. Give time, time. 
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
Your job won't take care of you when you're sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
Believe in miracles. 
Growing old beats the alternative. 
Get outside every day.
Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
The best is yet to come.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
Life isn't tied up with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Consult your own soul. 
Start where you are and get busy on the possible.
Love life unconditionally. Love it all. 

Credit where credit's due: Regina Brett, & here

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