Usha

Wish you all a very happy 2007!
Here's another new year - but do we always move forward every new year or are we held back by our past and its baggage? As a friend wrote in his new year wishes:
"The ability to leave the past behind is quite commendable, & I sincerely hope that you'll keep your resolutions... from interfering with who you are."
"Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?"
-Mary Manin Morrissey


Of course the dawn of a new year does not erase the past and bring a clean white sheet. But it is important to know what to keep from the past and what to let go. Keep the lessons, the experience and Let go of all the bad feelings ,all the hangups, all the frustrations. That will free the energy for positive stuff.
"All our life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you are not good enough or strong enough or talented enough;they will say you're the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly.
AND YOU WILL TELL THEM YES."
-Nike ad.

Declare this the year of "yes".Say "yes' to the challenges and all the opportunities.


"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results."
-Anon

Will yourself to be happy, you will be happy, we all deserve to be!
Never stop dreaming or aiming higher - remember it is passion that makes the world go round. And never lose hope.
"When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly."
-Edward teller

Do not fear the unknown - look forward to being given the wings to fly!
Have a great new year. Remember all that you wanted to do in the "future" all these past years, that future is right here. And if you are not sure of the directions, just remember this:
Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger).

Have a great new year! make all your dreams come true!
And finally:
"Practise random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Relax, let go, be a little mad and have fun.
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  1. Coffee Says:

    Lovely post Usha :) especially the way you said, declare this the year of yes :)

    Happy new year to you :)

    www.withacupofcoffee.wordpress.com


  2. Hip Grandma Says:

    Great post as only you can come up with!!Happy New Year!


  3. Wish you a wonderful and happy new year Usha! I am glad that I got to know you through blogging. One of the definite +ves in my 2006 that went by.


  4. passerby55 Says:

    A good, positive post to begin with 2007.

    happy new year, usha


  5. Alapana Says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful post,each word there makes me smile and say "Yes,this is how life can be,all we need is to try and try till we reach the goal,never give up" thank u again ushaji,and there is a small msg for you at my blog:)
    wish you a happy new year.


  6. Kishore Says:

    Happpy New Yeeaarrr!!! :)


  7. S! Says:

    Well, lootenant, I must say that that wish, regardless of the company of other quotes you put it in, was intended to be funny. Yes, I did not put the smiley, but my idea was to take a crack at resolutions which, from certain examples lately, have taken on the mantle of punitive from merely corrective.

    Whats the Greek for funnier?

    S!


  8. artnavy Says:

    Excellent post and lovely conch kolam

    like your new haircut- takes a few yrs off your 250:-)

    and the previous post was hilarious- my "wierdest" was wearing my chudidaar inside out and not realising it till the evening


  9. Mahadevan Says:

    We cannot totally severe ties with the past. The lessons of the past will serve us in good instead in the New Years.

    It is certainly an innovative idea to celebrate the New Year as 'Yes year' - surest way of expressing optimism.

    "Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens". True. In fact, in one of my comments on another blog, I wrote that "we cannot change the events,but we certainly have control over our reactions to the events". This is what many of the spiritual leaders and even Kovey ( "Habits of Seven Successful Men" fame ) say.

    "Practice random acts of kindnes and senseless acts of beauty" that is finely said.

    Excellent Thoughts to begin the Blog year.


  10. lovely post. say yes is what inspires me the most


  11. Usha Says:

    Coffee: :)

    Hip grandma:Thank you.

    Vidhya: Pleasure is equally mine.

    Passerby:Like i said in the post, we dont know what the year has in store for us but we can at least control how we are going to face it!
    Hav e agreat yesr yourself.

    alapana:Thank you for the nice words here and in your blog. it has been a great pleasure knowing you - a girl with so much dedication, sensitivity and focus. Our interactions helped me understand your generation better through your eyes.
    May you always be happy - in this year and always.

    Kishore: THHHaaannnkkk youuuuuuu and same to you too.

    Souvik: When i re -read the post I got the funny bit. But I let it be because, in a way resolutions are artificial curbs that we impose on our natural selves based on our past baggage.
    I think greek for funnier is....Chucles.

    Art: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    Mahadevan: Hope I can find some excellent thoughts during the year too...:)
    Have a wonderful year ahead.


  12. beautiful post! really really nice! A very happy new year to you too


  13. A really welcome post for 2007. Wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.


  14. Mohan Says:

    I am here after a long time.

    First of all, a very happy new year to you too. Your post was beautiful as usual and I liked the anecdote about Nike.

    New template looks good. [:)]

    And, we are yet to meet up. By we, I mean your son Siddharth as well.


  15. Fuzzylogic Says:

    First time here.Loved this post,such a positive way to begin the new year!Have a great year!


  16. Divs Says:

    Fantastic posts, Great thoughts and a bonding so special that its ageless. Have a great BONDing year :)


  17. Ober Fuhrer Says:

    "Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?"
    -Mary Manin Morrissey

    Beautiful.
    Happy new year!!


  18. Anonymous Says:

    As a member of AA who made many mistakes, I have learned the best thing I can do with the past is LEAVE IT THERE.