Here’s to happiness in 2019

Welcome to 2019.

Be grateful.

You’re breathing on this first day of a new year.

Your health is first and foremost, so we know that good health is the top wish for a New Year … every New Year.

But we’ll certainly add “happiness” to our list of wishes for all of our dear readers in 2019.

Make no mistake, there are trials ahead for our nation and our communities … trials that can only be overcome by working together.

The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.

Don’t let the silly or little things in life steal your happiness.

Live, love and work with passion.

Engage others directly in hopeful spirit, instead of turning your back, or responding with a text instead of a handshake.

There are many other wishes we have. Some, if stated here, would be a criticism of people and trends.

Nah. We’ll do that later.

Communities have challenges, but too often, those challenges are not tackled in a cooperative spirit.

Communities that do not work together to grow pride … to build up their schools, their downtowns, their neighborhoods … stagnate.

The ability to partner effectively with other individuals and organizations — both inside and outside the community — is absolutely essential to doing the work of building healthy communities.

Peace is another top wish … inner peace for all, peace for family and friends, our communities, our nation and our world.

As the saying goes, do not let behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

And then there’s patience. Please, give us all more patience.

Confidence and optimism. These come from hope and faith … in ourselves and others.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.

Oh, the list of wishes is so long.

It’s 2019, so we’ll close with lyrics of a song, Sand, by Heart, to say farewell to 2018 and to those we’ve lost:

I asked a distant star

I wonder where you are

The shadow at my door

A friend who is no more

I watched him go to the wind

I close my eyes

Goodbye, goodbye my friend

Friends and family

The branches of the tree

Sheltered in the rain

Telling me again

No matter how raindrops run

World will turn

Turn back to the sun

Yeah, yeah

A trick of light upon our eyes

A trick of time upon our lives

Ancient songs cry out to you

Surely this sweet sand is slipping through

I watched him go to the wind

I close my eyes

Goodbye, goodbye my friend yeah

A trick of light upon our eyes

A trick of time upon our lives

Ancient songs cry out to you

And surely this sweet sand is slipping through

Slipping through the glass of time

Surely this sweet sand will run on by and by

And while the days come down to you

You are just a traveler passing through

COMMENTS