New Year, New Beginnings

by Mary Newkirk- Adult Services Librarian

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan.  To make a New Year’s Resolution is to be an optimist.
A few weeks of this new year have already passed but 2012 is still merely an infant.  With nearly 350 days left which we can either wisely use or waste, may I suggest a few books to spark your interest in making improvements or changes in your life. Enjoy the quotes from the famous and infamous that reflect humor and wisdom in each of these categories.

To improve intellect or brain power– Do you feel one taco short of a combination plate or dumb as a fence post?  These books will challenge your thinking and exercise your brain.
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Joshua Foer
How to Be a Genius  John Woodward – Children’s department
Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind  Daniel Tammet
Brain Power Game Plan: Foods, Moods and Games to Clear Brain Fog, Boost Memory and Age-Proof Your Mind  Editors Prevention and Cynthia R. Green, PhD
The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong  David Shenk

Self Improvement– We spend January 1st 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.  ~Ellen Goodman
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.  ~John Burroughs
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~Oprah Winfrey
18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done  Peter Bregman (new book, soon to be available)
Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life Through the 40s, 50s, and Beyond  Sarah Brokaw
Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It  David Gershon
The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and In Life  Leo Babauta

Spirituality– You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass-produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman. ~Max Lucado
Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth. ~Martin Luther
Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well  Billy Graham
Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life  Richard Rohr
Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words  Brian McLaren
Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy  Donald Kraybill
Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life James S.J. Martin

Diet and Exercise– People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.  ~Author Unknown
Chic & Slim Toujours: Aging Beautifully Like Those Chic French Women Anne Barone
21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health  Neal Barnard
Carrots ‘n’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time  Tina Haupert,
Cleanse Your body, Clear Your Mind: Eliminate Environmental Toxins to Lose Weight, Increase Energy, and Reverse Illness in 30 Days or Less  Jeffrey A. Morrison.
20 Years Younger: Look Younger, Feel Younger, Be Younger  Bob Greene

Humor–  A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  ~Author Unknown
Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve.  Middle age is when you’re forced to.  ~Bill Vaughn
I Didn’t Ask to be Born (but I’m Glad I Was)  Bill Cosby
Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter  Lisa Scottoline
Cool, Calm and Contentious  Merrill Markoe
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)  Mindy Kaling

Organization and Time Management– Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.  ~Jim Bishop
How Did I Get So Busy?:  The 28-day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule and Reconnect With What Matters Most Valerie Burton
One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, The Week-by Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized For Good  Regina Leeds
Getting Things Done:  The Art of Stress-free Productivity   David Allen
The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth and Purpose   Robert Pagliarini

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.  Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.  ~Brooks Atkinson

 

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