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Paulo Coelho

I am not one of those who find themselves elated about the New Year. Come on people, you know it is just a changing of a date on the calendar, and does not mean much unless you want to fall a prey to those who are out there to unburden you of your earnings. Or, to let your hair down on a particular day to revelries and then bouncing back to old habits, which most follow almost on the weekends, every month.

We must, however, endeavour to preserve an optimal level of excellence every moment, each day, regardless of the day of the month, or the date on the calendar. 

Read something by Brazilian author and lyricist Paulo Coelho, which made ample sense to me not just for the second day of the year, but something to be absorbed and abided by throughout the year. Sharing the man’s words for you to reflect upon. 

"Be present. Make love. Make tea. Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation. Buy a plant, water it. Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed. Have a smart mouth, and quick wit. Run. Make art. Create. Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain. Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Learn. Know your worth. Love fiercely. Forgive quickly. Let go of what doesn’t make you happy. Grow."