With the upcoming holidays and the world on the brink of what seems like another war, this 1963 song seems eerily relevant today. Around the globe the coming of the new year is met withholiday celebrations and the symbolism of a fresh start. Instead of looking back, consider the future rather then harbor any regrets,and instead make up your mind to change themas you move forward. The impending holidays also bring to the forefront of people’s minds the spirit ofaltruism. While We can’t all spend our days giving 100% of ourselves to charity, We can at least vow to be apositive influence on ourselves and others, rather then anegative one. As humans it’s all too easy to be self centered, and ourselfishly motivated decisions can sometimes hurt others.What many people don’t fully realize is that in helping others you actually help yourself too. Therefore in giving you’re also receiving, it’s a win-win situation! Asthe new year brings with it renewed motivation for personal goals, why not with it a new vision? A vision that is geared more towards equality, peace, positivity, andaltruism. The consideration We have for the good of mankind should be in the forefront more then once a year, oronly reserved for when a tragedy strikes. Thelarger question that looms is“Canthesethings be brought abouton a regular basis, rather then just by Santa Claus ornew year resolutions?” The good news is that you don’t have to wait for someone else to answer this question, because you can. Each of us has a choice everyday rather then just once a year to pursuedreams, set new goals, be a positive influence , andto help others. Don’t just meet each new year withzest and motivation but how about each new day?
“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
Most of us believe We have posessions,but the truth is We own nothing. This life is transient and We can take nothing with us. Therefore, don’t save your best china(or clothes)for holidays or dinner guests, but use it for every meal. I think everyone has the tendency to save their nicest belongings for special occasions. However, each day youhave toinhabit and enjoy is a special occasion. Therefore, wearthat lovely outfit or dust off your jewelry box and don that pretty(expensive)necklace. Nice belongings have a funny way of making us feel better,and each day you should srive to feel as lovely as your expensive(and special)necklace looks. We are perceived by our exteriors,while simultaneouslythey are influenced by our interiors. If you don’t feel well, you won’t look well. Even when there is nothing to celebrate it’s worth putting in some extra effort. As I’ve learned, material belongings mean very little in the broad scope of things.My valued posessions, pale in comparison to thesimple joy of happiness. I’d rather be contented and happy then have a pair of Pradasunglasses. My great Grandmother put on a blouse,earrings,and makeup everyday and then proceeded to sitin Her apartment to watch television alone. She wasn’t getting dressedfor others,but for Herself. Even money in all reality is just paper We assign value to, and yet how muchviolence,crime,and greed is caused by it? I spent time as a bank teller, and after a year it felt like I was playing Monopoly. How sillyit is to lust after something as meaningless as money. Allthe work it takes to earn it,and then buy posessions only to“save,”them? After my injury I used to think how useless one million dollars would be to me. Because, what would I do with it? Would a million dollars restore my body physically? No.Would it bring true happiness? No. I concluded that money was useless to me. I’d no soonerchoose to be a happy, and healthyperson,then a millionaire. This existence is far too brief to warrantsaving pretty dishes in a casetogather dust. My dear friends, don’t save them, but use them for every meal!