In addition to making resolutions for the new year, perhaps we should review our individual shortcomings and attempt to correct them, especially if we have shortcomings which might help our relationships with family and friends.
When I was younger one of my shortcomings was my temper. Fortunately we tend to mellow as we get older, but I am going to quote a verse called TEMPER. I can remember I clipped it out of a church newsletter [I canít remember which one], the author is unknown, but at one time it fit me to a ĎTí. I have lost it, but It pops up every once in a while, just like today, to remind me I once had a temper, I have curbed it but, this piece always reminds me to keep it under control.
When I have lost my temper I have lost my reason, too.
Iím never proud of anything which angrily I do.
When I have talked in anger and my cheeks are flaming red,
Iíve always uttered something which I wish I hadnít said.
In anger I have never done a kindly deed or wise,
But many things for which I felt I should apologize.
In looking back across my life, and all Iíve lost or made,
I canít recall a single time when fury ever paid.
So I struggle to be patient, for Iíve reached a wiser age.
I do not want to do a thing, or speak a word in rage.
I have learned by sad experience that when my temper flies,
I never do a worthy thing, a decent deed or wise.
I think back I showed my temper regularly when I was angry with my husband John, who was a mild-mannered man. I was giving him a tongue lashing, stopped to catch a breath, and he, in his usual mild manner, said ďAre you done?Ē I was then.
I will close with my greeting to you. ďMay you always haveÖSunshine to greet you wherever you go, a fun-loving spirit you never outgrow, joy in the journey whatever you do, Godís presence to guide you and help see you through.