Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year 2013

As the sun is about to set on the year 2012 I would like to thank all the regular readers and loyal supporters of this blog. Without your support there would be no sense in keeping this blog up and running!

A BIG and special thank you to my fellow bloggers (you all know who you are) who have referenced Tia Mysoa and some of its articles on their sites.  Thank you also to EVERYONE for contributing to the postings in the comment section.

Tia Mysoa wishes you and your families a happy and prosperous 2013!


whiteson said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

The same to you Tia. My best wishes for you for 2013.

Foxie said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Apologies for the somewhat late NY greeting, but being only the 6th of Jan, it is not yet too late to wish you and yours all the very best for 2013. I leave you with this beautiful message:


The sun will soon be rising on the morning of another day, the first day of the New Year. What can I wish that this day, this year may bring? Nothing that shall make the world or others poorer. Nothing at the expense of other men, but just those few things which, in their coming, do not stop with me, but touch me rather as they pass and gather strength.
A few friends who understand me, and yet remain my friends. A work to do which has real value, and without which the world would feel the poorer. The return for such work, small enough not to tax unduly anyone who pays.
I wish this New Year to bring me a mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed. A heart that understands, and in understanding, better able to help you carry your load in life. May I understand the meaning of the tears that sometimes dim your eyes. May I never be the cause of that deep hurt which I have seen in your eyes.
May the New Year bring a sight of the eternal hills and the unresting sea, and of something beautiful the hand of man has made. Bring me also – and this is important – a sense of humour and the power to laugh. A little leisure with nothing to do but spin my dreams when evening descends and encloaks us in a robe of deep velvet.
I wish those who are away a speedy and safe return, and for those who return not, the reward they sought in the house of our Father. I ask also for a few moments of quiet meditation in the knowledge of the presence of God.
May I never be the cause of one tear to fall, one heart to ache, one friend to lose. And I ask for the patience to wait for the coming of these things with the wisdom to know them when they come.
And that is my New Year’s wish for you.

Minnie Louise Haskins 1875-1957

At the Gate of the Year

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.'
And he replied: 'Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!'
So I went forth and finding the Hand of God trod gladly into the night. He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone east. So heart be still! What need our human life to know If God hath comprehension? In all the dizzy strife of things both high and low, God hideth his intention."

by Minnie Louise Harkins 1875-1957

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