This is the time of the year where we start looking forward to the Holidays and the dawning of a New Year. My my does the time fly fast! It just seems like yesterday it was September….time moves whether we like it or not. How it is spent eventually lays in our hands.

Sometimes the only way to move forward is to look back…what mistakes have we made? What have we learned? How do we make the value of our days improve? The question that always seems to linger over us at the end of each year is “How much control of my life did I give away?” Many times we assume that someone else knows better….when in reality who knows us better than ourselves? I’m a big believer in the power of prayer, but the power goes two ways….for me, God is there to guide me….but it is up to me to initiate the guidance. I do take responsibility for my life….otherwise, all I will do is to continually blame other people….at some point it stops.

At the start of every year, I always ask myself, “How can I improve the newsletter, the website, and the music that I write?” I, like many, eventually initiate about half of what I’ve wanted to accomplish. It’s very easy to run out of time! Planning each year becomes more and more important. I find myself writing down more in my calendar than ever. Sometimes there is so much scribbled there I can barely read it! What drives me forward? Knowing in my heart I’ve tried to make a difference. For me, the vehicles are the essays, and the music. Some order the CD’s…some implement the content of my essays into their lives…and others do neither. That’s just the way it is. The newsletter reaches sixty-five countries around the world. That’s a lot of ground to cover….a lot of different viewpoints…but that’s what makes the newsletter special to me. These are the things that I review…just to let you know a little bit more about me.

Time is special….Time is precious. Develop your plans for the New Year….put one step forward and movement can be accomplished. To get from point A to point B, it involves simple movement. When I was in school I used to have a fear of doing somersaults, until one day I did it! To this day I cannot believe how fearful I was to tumble. The same applies to each chore we tackle in life.
May your New Year be enlightening, productive, and wondrous, and may you find the tools that you need to build your dreams? May happiness be your friend in 2000.

Happy Holidays,
Jennifer Avalon
© 1999 Jennifer Avalon

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