Post New Year Thoughts

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

We have passed the Ides of Janus (the midpoint of the first month of the year named after the Roman god of beginnings and passages). And if you have backslid on any new year resolutions, its not too late to start anew with some of these life enhancing philosophies.

  • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  • Memorize your favorite poem.
  • Don’t believe all you hear. Don’t spend all you have. Don’t sleep all you want.
  • When you say, “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye.
  • Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
  • Don’t judge people by their relatives.
  • Talk slowly, but think quick.
  • When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Spend some time alone.
  • Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Read more books and watch less TV.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
  • Trust in God but lock your car.
  • Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  • Be gentle with the earth.
  • Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
  • Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  • If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.