Fireworks by Macys

I wonder if this time of year – and maybe even this particular day – may not be THE most reflective on the Western calendar.

Many will spend time thinking about the hardships and challenges of 2014. And, we will spend some time and energy setting goals for 2015 or at least expressing wishes for different things. But perhaps the most powerful thing we can do on this eve of a new calendar year (it is not the New Year for all) is to be appreciative for the blessings we are enjoying right this moment, especially if “blessings” may be hard to identify. I’ve had years like that and I can relate, even though 2014 was not one of them.

As writers, we understand something about the power of words. The power of OUR words, either thought or expressed, in written or oral presentation. And while we cannot control much around us sometimes, be it devastating illness, the loss of loved ones, war, financial hardship or children who make sad choices, we can still be master of our words.

To borrow the pivotal line from the movie trailer for UNBROKEN: “If you can take it, you can make it.” And I’ve seen evidence that how we think and speak and act has a direct relationship with the good things in our life. So, since we think and speak in words, our words drive our – and other’s – actions.

I wish for all, a new year of wonderful things. Of miracles small and large; of happiness and joy and peace. And so, while I cannot credit the author of this beautiful thought which hangs on the wall in my office, I share it with you.

“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.”

I won’t tell you not to worry, but I encourage you to be thankful. Misery cannot live in the same space as gratitude, just as fear cannot live in the same space as faith!

Love to you all! May your 2015 be plentiful in all good things!


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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