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Happiness Is Starting Anew:

This is not a story about a card game. But it begins with a card game, Hearts.

It’s okay if you know nothing about the game. 4 Players. Typically around 10 – 14 hands before somebody wins.

I (Alan) play every day with random people around the globe, online. And I’m pretty good actually. I win 40% of the time.

But I always seem to start slow. Each hand has a potential 25 points, none of which you want.  Almost inevitably, after the first few hands I find myself in last place with the most points. It’s then, using the messaging capability on the website, I jokingly ask the other three players . . . can we start over?

We can’t. They chuckle.

But we can start anew. 

Unencumbered by the past.

Fresh and free. 

We have more hands in front of us yet to play. And each hand is a new opportunity to turn things around.

It’s a new year, and no better time to reflect on the happiness derived from starting anew.

Especially this year. With 2020 hindsight (pun intended), this past year has been a challenge for virtually (pun intended) all of us, some at great cost.

But this year. This year could be different. It’s an unwritten story filled with promise and possibility. 

It’s like seeing a newborn baby whose whole life is in front of it.

This state of mind need not only be for card games, babies, and the end of the calendar year however. It can be applied to everyday living. 

‘Rise and shine’ as they say. In terms of starting anew the phrase means a whole lot more than simply getting out of bed. Rise . . . to the moment, and shine . . . with the light of possibility!

Each of us are free to create what’s to come for ourselves. Yearly. Daily. And especially moment to moment, for each moment presents an opportunity to start fresh and anew.

To play the next hand.

A toast to the happiness found in starting anew. 

And a toast to 2021!

Alan and Alice

Quotes From the Happy Side

“Free yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”— Bob Marley

“You can start anew at any given moment. Life is just the passage of time and it’s up to you to pass it as you please.” ―Charlotte Eriksson

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” — Carl Bard

“Though we may not have reached the heights we anticipated yesterday, today is a brand new day to begin a new climb.” ― Chinonye J. Chidolue

Article From the Happy Side

In an interesting article titled “To Find Happiness, Seek Out The ‘Joy of Renewal’”, author Ingrid Fetell Lee explores her own experiences of finding happiness in renewal:

“It wasn’t just restoration, but wholesale renewal. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the disappointment of my unfulfilled wishes, it was like the slate had been wiped clean, and I was starting fresh right where I was, imperfect but complete.”

Song From the Happy Side

One day – Matisyahu

Living each moment anew,

Alan and Alice

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