December 26, 2012
I’ve never been a big believer in resolutions for the sake of making resolutions, particularly as an old year comes to an end and new year approaches. On the other hand, I came across something in 1975 that has remained in my “Food for Thought” file since then, and which I make a point of reading at least once a year.
It spoke to me then and continues to speak to me about things in life I often forget to remember, and what’s important and what’s not.
It just happens to be called “Resolutions” and was penned by the late newspaper columnist Lloyd Shearer.
As this is my last editor’s blog for 2012, it seems it would be as good a time as any to share it with you.
No one will ever get out of this world alive.
Resolve therefore to maintain a sense of values.
Take care of yourself. Good health is everyone’s major source of wealth. Without it, happiness is almost impossible.
Resolve to be cheerful and helpful. People will repay you in kind.
Avoid angry, abrasive persons. They are generally vengeful.
Avoid zealots. They are generally humorless.
Resolve to listen more and talk less. No one ever learns anything by talking.
Be chary of giving advice. Wise men don’t need it and fools won’t heed it.
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.
Do not equate money with success. There are many successful moneymakers who are miserable failures as human beings. What counts most about success is how one achieves it.
Thanks for making 2012 such a great year. There’s no doubt in my mind that 2013 will be even better.