10 Ways to Begin Well

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Rather than compose elaborate resolutions for the year to come, simply do, in some small way, what you intend to do all year:

  • Say “Thank you” to at least one person.
  • Make one healthy choice about your body—food or drink or rest or motion.
  • Do one generous act, big or small.
  • Say “yes” to the day’s gifts.
  • Get quiet for five minutes, just to be still.
  • Let one person know that you appreciate him or her.
  • Do one creative act, big or small.
  • Allow yourself to consider what someone else is going through.
  • Do one thing well and with full attention.
  • Open your arms—and your heart—to God.

If you did it today, you can do it again, and again.


  1. Dear Vinita, Thank you so much for such excellent daily exercises. My wife and I are much appreciative of them and plan to utilize them daily. God bless you, David Eastis

  2. These are excellent simple, spiritual goals and reminders for the New Year. I think that I will print these, so I can be reminded each day about how to include these goals in everyday life.


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