January 1st - a New Year, a new Book
We will open the book. It’s pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and the first chapter is New Years Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce
I’m starting the New Year off with a new watchword. ‘Light’. A watchword is a word or motto that embodies a principal or guide to action. I like to pick a word for each year that will inspire me to do my best.
Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.
Experts say that by narrowing down our goals by using one word, rather than making new year resolutions, helps to point you in the right direction. It’s a word that you can apply in little ways throughout the year. It’s a guiding light for the new year. It embodies what you want to be, think, feel and do. My word sometimes take me a while to figure out. It doesn’t come right away.
I choose the word ‘Light’ because, for me it means being a Light, a beacon.
A New Year Prayer
Lord, as the New Year dawns today,
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy with friendship brings’
Keep me from selfishness and spite,
Let me be wise to what is right.
A Happy New Year! grant that I
May cause no tear to any eye.
When this new year in time shall end.
Let it be said: I’ve played the friend
Have lived and loved and labored here
And made of it a happy year.
It’s a new year, I have a new word. We all have a new beginning. Another day out of 365 to get it right. I’m going to try and focus on what is truly important in life, and share the light with others.
Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all them with all the forgotten things from last year — the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and charity we forgot to offer.
Peggy Toney Horton