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A New Year’s message from Helen Keller and friends

smily face, fence

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.
Helen Keller

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.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Thanks for being there, and thanks for visiting.
New Year, sand, writing, surf, ocean

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  • Kathleen Pearson
    January 3, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Thank You!

  • marionowen
    January 1, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Ah… Velda. Thanks for the update… very fun and nice timing. Hoping you all the best to you, too in the coming year.

  • Kim
    January 1, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    What a precious gift to rise & shine on 1.1.15 and read your beautiful post. Thank you!!

    • marionowen
      January 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      You are most welcome, Kim. I send you good tidings from balmy Kodiak Island, Alaska. (It’s in the 40s here).

  • Velda
    January 1, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    I was talking about you today. Next door neighbors son will likely be stationed in Alaska beginning next summer. She said she didn’t care that he did not hunt or fish but that she and her husband planned to visit and have fun. Right away I thought of you and the things you have shared in the years I have come to know you.
    Happy New Year from Northern California !


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