Welcome to my Writing Pages and the first official entry for the new year — 2022!
Wow, where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that the Christmas and Holiday Seasons were just beginning. And now we are already in the second week of January!
I have read that about 40% of Americans make resolutions for the new year and that roughly 75% of people who actually do make resolutions are still successful in sticking with them after the first week. After that, the sticktoitiveness seems to taper off.
Sadly, only about 8% actually succeed in keeping to their New Year’s Resolutions in the end. But, that is 8% of us who are hopefully all the better for the experience! So you go, all you little resolutors out there! We’re rootin’ for you to follow thru to the end and succeed!
The only resolution that I made for the new year is to get back to writing consistently. That involves sharing more new materials on the Writing Pages and lighting a fire under my story character friend Little Red Bear’s furry butt to get some new stories and at least one more book assembled and published by the end of the year. So far, so good, as evidenced by this new post today. But enough about that.
Getting to the subject then, as the new year was just beginning a week ago someone asked me what quotes most influence me regarding how I live my life, guiding principles, etc. I had to think about that. But not for long, really. The answer was quite obvious once I put my mind to it.
As followers here know, I tend to share a number of relevant quotes at the end of each writing piece. Writing topics thru the year here range in subject matter from Positivity, Kindness, Compassion, Children, Family, Environment, Conservation, Wildlife, Writing Topics, and Holiday Features, to plain old silly and humorous pieces now and then just for fun. And the list of my quote influencers is long, from Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin to the Dalai Lama and Dr. Seuss. So, that is quite a range of accompanying quotes from which to be asked to pick out a few favorites.
How about this one perhaps, from “The Simpsons” TV show —
“A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man!” – Jebediah Springfield
Of course, despite the fine, emboldening quote, it turns out little Lisa Simpson, dutifully doing her due diligence researching more into the town hero’s background, later discovered that Jebediah Smith had previously been known as ‘Hans Sprungfeld’, a murderous pirate. The local town hero was, in fact, a fraud.
And that is always the risk in quickly grabbing any “quote to suit occasion” without researching if it is really true and factual, or not. Abraham Lincoln nailed it right on the head. Or did he really say that?!? Random quoting can be a tricky business if one is not careful.
Seriously though, ol’ Jebediah and Abraham Lincoln aside, there is no question about my most favorite quote, the guiding principle which governs and influences everything I do in my life and always has — “The Golden Rule”.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
– Luke 6:31
Growing up, The Golden Rule was always prominently displayed on a kitchen plaque on the wall, placed right above the kitchen table where we could not help but see it. This verse was my Mother’s favorite Bible passage and she never wasted an opportunity to apply it in any situation. I grew up with it, and do my very best to live up to it every day.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” — Short and simply stated, but it seems to encompass it all, doesn’t it?
In the same vein and going right along with The Golden Rule is another guiding quote and principle in my daily life and the way I go about things —
“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple Kindness.”
– Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV
Simple kindness and going about treating others as you would like to be treated yourself. They both tend to get a lot of lip service it seems, but the world would be a lot kinder and gentler place for us all if more folks put those few simple words into true practice, don’t you think?
So, those are the principal guiding quotes in my life, influencing my approach to writing, my Little Red Bear stories, how I conduct myself, my relationships with others and the world around me. Guiding everything I do in my life.
I invite you to visit with some of my writing friends to see the quotes which most influence their lives going into the new year —
Sandra Bennett → “A Few Favourite Quotes to Live by in the New Year”
Rosie Russell’s ‘Books By Rose’ → “Four Special Quotes To Consider For 2022”
Carmela Dutra → “Favorite Quotes to Live By in the New Year”
Rebecca Lyndsey → “A Whole New Year”
Julie Gorges → “Favorite Quotes to Live By in the New Year”
“You Reap What You Sow”
I choose to sow Kindness. How about you?
Thank you for visiting today! I hope everything is going well for you and yours as we step further into the new year now.
Little Red Bear joins with me in sending along very best wishes for a safe, happy, and healthy year ahead!
‘Til next time — Jim (and Red!) 🤠 🐻
If you enjoyed this piece, you may also like — “I Will Greet This Day With Love In My Heart” and Wishing You Deep Peace, Love, Happiness, and Joy – And A Very Good Day!
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