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Wishes, goals for the new year

Marcy Sugar and Kathy Mitchell Creators Syndicate

Dear Readers: Welcome to 2015! My, how time flies. Our New Year’s wish for you, our readers, is for this year to be one of health and happiness. Do your best to make this year better than the last. Be kinder. Be more patient. Be more tolerant. Help someone in need. Vow to look after your health, work out more, eat less junk, meditate, get a massage, give up smoking. Smile more. Put more effort and energy into your relationships, and tell the people you love how much they mean to you. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

Dear Annie: A couple of years back, a reader asked you to reprint some pieces you had previously printed on New Year’s Day. She said she used one of them as the basis for her New Year’s resolutions. I remember liking both pieces and wondering whether you might reprint them every year. You didn’t do it last year, but will you consider doing it now? – Hoping for Inspiration in Texas

Dear Texas: We’d be happy to.

Just for Today (author unknown)

Just for today I will live through the next 12 hours and not tackle my whole life’s problems at once.

Just for today I will improve my mind. I will learn something useful. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look my best, speak in a well- modulated voice, be courteous and considerate.

Just for today I will not find fault with friend, relative or colleague. I will not try to change or improve anyone but myself.

Just for today I will have a program. I might not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two enemies – hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will exercise my character in three ways. I will do a good turn and keep it a secret. If anyone finds out, it won’t count.

Just for today I will do two things I don’t want to do, just for exercise. Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially will I be unafraid to enjoy what is beautiful and believe that as I give to the world, the world will give to me.