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Bounce Boosters: 5 quotes to power your day (and year!)

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This month’s bounce boosters address resilience for the new year. Some are thoughtful and some are optimistic, but the imp in me couldn’t resist bookending this post with a couple of extra ones by Mark Twain and Ogden Nash. Twain quips about the inanity of resolutions while Nash gives his usual wink-and-nod to society in general. Enjoy!

Mark Twain

New Year’s Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.

1. Ellen Goodman

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.

2. Joey Adams

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.

3. Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

4.  T.S. Eliot

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.

5. Edith Lovejoy Pierce

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

Ogden Nash

Every New Year is the direct descendant, isn’t it, of a long line of proven criminals?

What’s your favorite quote?


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Bobbi Emel is a therapist who helps people in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Mountain View and the greater Bay Area manage their stress and develop their strengths.
She is effective in helping people dealing with anxiety, worry and grief; and also those who want to improve their effectiveness and performance.