Gloria Ferris

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Archive for December 31st, 2006

New Year’s Eve And To resolve or not to resolve

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Years ago, I gave up on New Year’s resolutions.  They just aren’t me.  Within two weeks,  the list of broken resolutions is much longer than the ones still resolved.  So several years ago, I decided that I would find two pieces of prose or poetry to use each and every day for the next year to help me become as Tim calls it a more highly evolved organism. So this year on my way to self-actualization I have decided to share with you the poem and essay I have chosen.  I believe that if I read these pieces periodically and keep them in my consciousness there is no way that 2007 won’t be a stellar year.  The first piece was sent to me in a Christmas card by a dear friend. She didn’t know the source of the poem.   She said that it is often attributed to Mother Theresa. In a google search of this first stanza “people ar often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway, I found that Words of Wisdom was written by Hindi poet, Om Vashishth. Go here, to read the entire poem.  Interestingly, the last stanza which is the most potent was left off of my friend’s version.  Things are often between us and God.

The second piece that I am going to read and reread this year is Dr. Martin Luther King’s essay  The World House.  Throughout 2006, I have had several people that I admire and believe in their counsel refer to this essay when we have had conversations.  Obviously, I didn’t choose it, it has chosen me.  I cannot think of a better way to end war then to negotiate from a position of peace.  And his thoughts on how to end poverty should be the action plan for all of us who want to make the world a better place.

So there is one resolution that I have this year and that is to live each day like it is the last one I have.  And if that is so I need to make sure that I thank my friends and family for being a part of my life, to share my thoughts and ideas with them, and to make sure that they know that I love and appreciate them.

Happy New Year to all of my friends and family!

Here’s to a prosperous 2007.

Written by Gloria Ferris

December 31st, 2006 at 8:04 pm

Posted in Cleveland