Find grace, not judgment in new year
Published: Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 1:36 a.m.
Nature continually presents us with a fresh start - a new day, a new season, a new year - another chance to get it right.
I'm grateful for the wisdom and reassurance in that. And I'm grateful for the compassion and the grace in that. I don't want to move on with disregard for a chance to choose again.
I want to make wiser choices. I want to love from a purer heart. I want to do what I haven't had time to do, be the person I haven't had time to be.
I want to do it with conviction and enthusiasm. I want to step up to the plate, knowing that there's more honor in trying again than in giving up or becoming indifferent. I want to give it my best, knowing that my best is a little better than it was before, knowing that my best is enough.
It is in that spirit that I begin a new year with a list of reminders. Maybe some of them will make your list. Let's find grace, not judgment, in them. And when we fall down, let's take a deep breath and start again.
Maybe you don't need a list of reminders to live in love. Maybe standing at the water's edge or walking your favorite path in the woods is reminder enough.
I hope you'll heed whatever reminders work for you and make a fresh start whenever you need one.
In doing so, I know you'll build the relationships you want - whether you're looking for a sweetheart, trying to connect with your kids, or grow a business.
Happy New Year!
Jan Denise Soroka is a columnist, author and speaker based in Florida. She invites comments and questions through e-mail at JDSoroka@aol.com; or visit her Web site at www.nakedrelationships.com.
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