Monthly Archives: December 2007

A New Year

by William Arthur Ward

Another fresh new year is here
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

Words in mind

A lot of years ago, my sister and I sat in a train, looking at life on the platform, while we were waiting for the train to start moving. We saw an alarmingly fat person with a broom, cleaning up after us passengers.

Not thinking twice, I said to my sister – probably a little too loud – “It looks like that man has swallowed a TV”. With us being inside the train, and him walking outside, he shouldn’t be able to hear that. But yet he turned round looking straight at me, with a very sad expression. I don’t know if he heard me, or just happened to turn around and see a very stupid kid (me) sitting there looking at him.
Normally I do not make fun of other people. Partly because I don’t like to hurt other people, but mostly because I tend to be a bit longsighted when it comes to people: I don’t focus so much on the exterior; maybe because I’m no model myself. I think that’s the reason why I still remember this so vividly.

I really hope you’ll act more intelligent than I did, and treat other people with decency, even if they have flaws and you don’t.

Frosty Sunday

This day started with frosty mist and plants with ice.

Though the temperature was above zero (Celsius) when I drove out this morning to go shopping, the roads were very icy because of the mist.