New Year New You © 2016 Anthony D Darden

New Year New You
© 2016 Anthony D Darden

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Corinthians 13:4

The holidays are here. 2017 is right around the corner. For some it is a new beginning. For some it is heartache. The New Year can be brought in with a smile, or it can go out with tears and pain. I would prefer it to be brought in with a smile, with tears of optimism and hope for a better tomorrow. If your year has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, and you have survived. Thank God. As the saying goes – “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” The New Year gives us something if anything. Take it as is. Smiles, tears, pain, and laughter. It’s life, unavoidable, and most often, something we have no control over. The only thing we have control over is how we perceive things, how we react to them, and how our perception and actions define the outcome. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. If not, we would not be able to learn and grow.

The New Year holds something of value. It gives us another day, and hopefully a prosperous and successful year. It gives us more hopes and dreams. It renews our faith and gives us the power to examine our strengths and weaknesses and approach the future with open eyes. But most of all, if you are sincere, it gives you belief to stand proud with dignity, pride, and self-respect.   

Hold your head up high, chest out, and exhale. Because even though the road may have been bumpy, and sometimes your world may have seemed to been upside down. It can never outweigh your good natured heart and strength. It can never take away the love you hold with those who truly love and cherish you. True love and friendship can never be replaced. It is ingrained, an anchor, something of your nature that can never be faked, misled, or misguided.

Who you truly are always stands in the light of serenity.  No one can ever take that away from you. Sometimes it may seem affixed to deception and taken for granted. And at times, even trying. But the light of one’s nature always shine through, no matter what. If you hold onto your faith and belief. If you believe in the goodness and well-being of not only those who love you, but even in praise to those that would drag your name.  

We cannot make anyone feel for us. We can only put our best foot forward that they would want to stand strong with caring devotion and shine in our light. We can only give in hope, faith, belief, and admiration. Who we are is not defined by those who come and go in our life. We are defined by our hopes and dreams. We are defined by our motives and actions. We are defined by the content of our heart, faith, and beliefs. It is what makes us, what we strive for, and hope, whoever we have and bring into or life, sees it, and respects it with utmost love and unwavering admiration.

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