JUST FOR TODAY: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take the responsibility for my own actions.
And now, Dear Readers, I would like to share an item that was sent to me by I.J. Bhatia, a reader from New Delhi, India:
Dear Abby: This year, no resolutions, only some guidelines. The Holy Vedas say: “Man has subjected himself to thousands of self-inflicted bondages. Wisdom comes to a man who lives according to the true eternal laws of nature.”
The prayer of St. Francis (of which there are several versions) contains a powerful message:
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
“Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
“Where there is injury, pardon;
“Where there is doubt, faith;
“Where there is despair, hope;
“Where there is darkness, light;
“And where there is sadness, joy.
“Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
“To be understood, as to understand;
“To be loved, as to love;
“For it is in giving that we receive,
“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
“And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
And so, Dear Readers, may this new year bring with it good health, peace and joy to all of you.
Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.