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“Outside my window a new day I see, and only I can determine what kind of day it will be.

It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay, or boring and cold, unhappy and gray.

My own state of mind is the determining key, for I’m only the person I’ll let myself be.

I can be thoughtful and do all I can to help, or be selfish and think just of myself.

I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun, or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone.

I can be patient with those who may not understand or belittle and hurt them as much as I can.

But I have faith in myself, and believe what I say, and I personally intend to make the best of each day.”

-Author Unknown

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This week marks both the Jewish new year and my daughter’s seventeenth birthday.  My children always learned in school that the Jewish New Year– which begins on Rosh Hashanah– is the birthday of the world.  Renewal, fresh starts and inspiration immediately come to mind when I think of a new year or a birthday, but we don’t have to wait for the big moments to start over. Every day is an opportunity.

What kind of day will it be for you?

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Have a great week!




9 thoughts on “A New Day

  1. Sophia Chang

    You are so inspirational, lady! Happy Birthday to the daughter.

    Great suggestion for the Sep Crush – and he’s definitely more age appropriate for me as well, except in Hollywood he doesn’t think so, as he’s with someone closer to Taylor Lautner’s age 😉

  2. Jennifer Groepl (@JenGroepl)

    What a lovely poem, and just so applicable for me today! Thanks for posting it! Happy birthday to your daughter too. 🙂

  3. Esther

    Without knowing about this, we spoke about it yesterday or last night. What a lovely post and something special for Chavi to carry with her always. xoxoxo Esther

  4. C.Conrad

    Hello, My name is Christina Conrad. I am 29 years old. I was wondering if you knew when this poem first appeared? You see, when I was 9 or 10, my childhood friend gave this poem to me. I still have the paper with the poem that she gave to me. She had it all designed and framed for me. If by chance she is the author, I would love for her to know how many people enjoy the same poem she gave to me 20 years ago. Please get back to me as soon as possible.

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