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Be Focused: Commentary and Thoughts for The New Year

The hours, and now for some only minutes, are ticking away and 2012 is nearly behind us. It has been a traumatic year for many of us around the world and now as we approach and enter the New Year 2013 we wonder what it is that is ahead of us.

It is a New Year, a time to lay the past to rest and focus on the now, the new day and year ahead of us.  We, most of us at least, approach it with both gladness and with a bit of apprehension as well. 

We don’t know what the future holds, these next 365 days but we can know who holds the future and focus on good rather than on evil.  Today is a new day and a fresh opportunity to get it right, to put life in perspective and approach each new day with a new or renewed faith and trust and to know we do not have to walk this way alone. 

2012 has been a year of great sadness and not just a little frustration for many, many of us but a New Year is beginning…Be focused.  As we enter this New Year let’s focus on doing those things that will help us to grow and develop better, fuller and happier lives.  Keep in mind that it is not all about you or me individually and drop the “What’s in it for me” syndrome.  It is not all about popularity, fame or who is right and who is wrong.  It is not all about strength and power or domination.  It is not all about politics and it is not all about religion.  It is not all about wealth or poverty, who’s got the most toys.  It is not all about “my rights” or “your rights.”

Of course all of these things play into the whole scheme of things because that is the way this world is and has been for eons of time but that is not what having a happy new year is all about or how to have one.  When we focus on these sort of things as the way to find our happiness; well, we just can’t get there from here.  It all causes too much infighting, too much dissention within the ranks and is the base cause of war and rebellion.  There is too much frustration, anger, jealousy and greed; too much selfishness and too much hate because the other guy doesn’t see things our way.  There is too much blaming the other guy for our own folly. 

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  1. PJ Fox

    On December 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm


    i love it! very wise

  2. vickylass

    On December 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm


    Has given me matter for thought. You’re right. We have to focus on the present, leaving past things behind no matter how difficult it may be. Have a good one Anne!

  3. Uma Shankari

    On December 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm


    Well considered and inspiring thoughts to begin the new year. Wish you a happy new year.

  4. Karen Gross

    On December 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm


    Sage advice for a new year.

  5. KittyK

    On December 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm


    Great insight for each of us to reflect and determine what our focus will be and how we can make the best of each situation…

  6. caesar27

    On January 1, 2013 at 5:56 am


    Thank for share Very intereresting

  7. Ruby Hawk

    On January 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm


    It’s all very true, we should be tolerant of each other and do the best possible with whatever the future hands us.

  8. Melody SJAL

    On January 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm


    Great thoughts on the new year.

  9. Lynn Proctor

    On January 5, 2013 at 11:18 am


    For me, letting go brings a lot of peace. Letting go of other people’s opinions and behavior, letting go of mistakes I have made, letting go of the chaos that the media would have us rolling in, letting go of relationships that no longer serve us. Further, I am more focused on resolving personal debt which steals my peace. My focus on God is to focus on opportunities to be a force for good in others lives, but in my own first. Giving beyond comfort, trying to be everything to everyone, and realizing it only causes pain to me, has been my lesson in 2012. I cannot control others, and 2013 will see me paying more attention to constructive endeavors. I will not waste time on that which has no fruit. That lesson was made clear in the Bible, but we have a hard time telling the difference sometimes. Thank you for putting me back in touch with that concept.

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