I was once a volunteer at the Shepherd Center in New Orleans, a day center that
provided activities for senior citizens.  I enjoyed my years as a volunteer
at the center very much and met many lovely people there.

There was one participant in particular who possessed boundless energy and an
inspiring zest for life.  People found it hard to believe when she told them her
age, which was 92.  Her name was Julia and one day I asked her what her
secret was.  She said, "When you start today, leave yesterday behind."

She went on to explain that she didn't dwell on the hurts and disappointments
of the past.  "Never get bogged down by yesterday's problems," she said.
Then she smiled, "It will make you old before your time."

When a friend sent me the first quote below, I immediately thought of Miss Julia.  I
regret to say that there have been times when I've felt unequal to the task of following
her wise counsel, but I've always believed it was among the best advice I ever received.

We recently started a new year.  I hope it's filled with good health, peace and prosperity
for each of you.  And, above all - even on difficult days when it can sometimes be hard
to muster - I wish you Miss Julia's keen appreciation for each new day.

       -- Nancy
The old year is worn and tired,
time now to kiss it goodbye.

Take with you its wisdom and the
power of all you have learned.

Remember the past year with love,
but let go of its despair.

Travel the road that lies ahead with fresh
energy and hope for each new day.

-- Author Unknown
No matter what yesterday was like, birds
always start the new day with a song.
-- Emmalyn Kelly
I like to have my breakfast outside or at least looking out of a
window.  It's my time to greet the morning, make my plans and, most
of all, appreciate the gift of a brand new day.  
-- Katherine Bryant
This is a wonderful day.
I've never seen this one before.
-- Maya Angelou
A new day:
Be wise enough to be grateful.
Be courageous enough to be happy.
-- Steve Maraboli
Each day the sun rises and brings you a new opportunity to start
fresh.  Let go of the past, even if it was as close as yesterday.  Let
go of old hurts and start over.  Every day the sun rises is a day of
your new birth.  The only thing for you to do is to believe that you
deserve this beautiful gift and act on it.  
-- Stephanie Ryan
Each morning, create a new day.  Put to rest the day
before and greet the world with new enthusiasm.
-- Joe Keane
There is something incredibly hopeful about a fresh start.
Today is a brand new day.
A fresh start.
Think happy thoughts.
Drink lots of water.
Fill your body with fuel.
Inspire yourself.
Give someone a compliment.
Make a new friend.
Do a random act of kindness.
Whatever happens today, remember, tomorrow's
always a brand new day and a fresh new start.
-- Author Unknown
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