Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013

New Year's Eve is an ancient holiday with deep spiritual roots.  For centuries people have been observing the end of one year and the beginning of another. 

It is a time of reflection of the past and hope for the future.  The period leading up to New Year's Day is a time for setting things straight: a thorough housecleaning, paying off debts, returning borrowed objects, reflecting on one's shortcomings, mending quarrels, giving alms.

As we enter 2013, what can we do to make a difference in the coming year? 

Speak from the heart.  Let people know either by your spoken words, or through notes you send, how much you love and care about them. 

Forgive someone.  Think of one person, past or present, toward whom you have ill feelings and forgive them.

Listen with compassion.  Listening compassionately simply means that you're making an effort to understand.

Stop and notice.  Stop, notice, and take in the small moments in life.

Make a difference for someone in need.  What can you do to make a difference in someone's life?

The Accredited family looks forward to 2013 and wishes our families, friends and agents the best year ahead. 

Happy New Year!

"Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures."                                                  John F. Kennedy

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