Thoughts for a New Year

2010 has been such a good year. I feel so blessed to have been a part of so many people’s lives: patients, friends, & family. It was a blessing to help in their challenges, share in their sufferings, & rejoice in their joys. And I feel I have grown in so many ways this year too.

As I was reflecting on the year, I wanted to share some quotes on life. They come from a variety of sources. Many I have scattered on the walls of my office. Yes, I know they are all generalizations, and some are more on target than others, but all of them have reminded me of important truths about life. I hope they can do the same for you.

Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well.

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Don’t live in the past— you’ve already been there.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?

The best things in life aren’t things.

When suffering comes, do not resent it or resist it, but welcome it, for it brings depth & richness & wisdom to your life, just as beauty.

No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn.

Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.

Smiles reach the hard-to-reach places.

You must let go of what you are to become what you can be.

One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.

When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.

Tension is who you think you should be; peace is who you are.

Between the “don’t know the reasons why” of the past & the “don’t know what lies ahead” of the future lies today. Today is where God wants you to live.

You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.

What you don’t experience positively you will experience negatively.

To the extent that you give the world your gifts you will feel joy.

A visionary is someone who realizes that they can choose how they will look at the world & how they will interpret every event.

If lessons in life were easy then they wouldn’t be lessons.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

You’ve got to say no to some things to say yes to others.

Take life for what it IS and what it CAN BE, not for what is was or what you wished it would be.

You can either accept what is, resist what is, or change what is, but regardless you must deal with what is.

There will always be pain. There will always be joy. Choose joy.

The only way to live a life fully saturated in love is to live a life fully saturated in God.

The events of life aren’t important; the meaning we choose to assign to them is.

There is only one happiness: to love & be loved.

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