It’s 10:30 PM on December 31 in Kodiak, Alaska. Dogs are barking outside, thanks to fireworks. Yes, I’ve received invitations to parties, but I’m not going out tonight. Rather, I’m packing my camera gear for a road trip tomorrow. But first, I want to give you an invitation: To “keep on keeping on,” as a friend said the other day.
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
It’s not that “today is the first day of the rest of my life,” but that now is all there is of my life.
—Hugh Prather, author of Notes to Myself
For the New Year my greatest wish and prayer for you is that you cast aside wrong habits of thinking and doing. Don’t drag your bad habits into the New Year. You don’t have to carry them with you. Any minute you may have to drop your mortal package, and those habits will vanish. They don’t belong to you now. Don’t admit them! Leave behind all useless thoughts and past sorrows and bad habits. Start life anew!
—Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt
God speaks to all individuals through what happens to them moment by moment.
—J. P. DeCaussade
In your silence, God’s silence ceases.