During the week between Christmas and the New Year, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers, athletic trainers and talk show hosts give their suggestions on how to have a healthy New Year. Although I appreciate all their ideas, the ones that really speak to me come from Saint Pope John XXIII. I hope you find them helpful.
Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.
Only for today, I will dress modestly, I will not raise my voice, I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.
Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.
Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.
Only for today, I will devote ten minutes to some good reading, for good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.
Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing, and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.
Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.
Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.
Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness.
Dear Readers, the only thing I would like to add to that list is: Only for today, I will remember that: “TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON IS TO SEE THE FACE OF GOD.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR!