A New Year’s Beginning

Sun rising

“A Morning Wish”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W.R. Hunt

“The sun is just rising on the morning of another day, the first day of the new year. What can I wish that this day, that this year, may bring to me?

Nothing that shall make the world of others poorer, nothing at the expense of others; 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 without which the world would feel the poorer.
  • A return for such work small enough not to tax unduly anyone who pays.
  • A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed.
  • An understanding heart.
  • A sight of the eternal hills and unbelting sea, and of something beautiful the individual hand has made.
  • A sense of humor and the power to laugh.
  • A little leisure with nothing to do.
  • A few moments of quiet, silent meditation. The sense of the presence of God.
  • And the patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to know them when they come.”

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  • Sbsloan

    Wonderful message to start the new year. Here’s to working hard to achieving them all!

  • Great post for the New Year!

  • Marty Wenger

    yes- these would suffice for a wonderful year, a life well lived.

  • What a great post to start the brand new year with!

  • McLauren Foster

    LOVE, LOVE this Dan- Great to share. Aren’t these things the things we all TRULY want when it comes down to it?

    • 48DaysDan

      Yes – I think this list will pretty much assure us of a great year. Thanks for your comment.