Cathy Chester | An Empowered Spirit

Ending 2012 With A Special Gift – Empowering Ourselves For 2013

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a time of reflection and resolutions.

This year we reflect on loved ones we lost, the horror of a madman’s heinous act and the ferociousness of Mother Nature.  We think of an endless presidential campaign, a global economic crisis and the media’s misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar’s prediction to the end of the world.

A significant occasion to me was having three women accept The Nobel Peace Prize; women who exemplify a, as the Committee says, “..non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

This is also the time of year I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis; a daunting discovery to be unveiled at the tender age of twenty-six.  I don’t remember the exact date; it’s not an anniversary to celebrate.

Yet when the holidays roll around I celebrate how my diagnosis empowered me to turn adversity into strength, strength into action, and action into good deeds.

Writing and advocating for others is what I’ll cherish about 2012.  It’s my personal Nirvana.

This final 2012 post from An Empowered Spirit offers thought-provoking quotes to enrich, enlighten and empower your life.

May your New Year be filled with endless possibilities and may many blessings come your way.

Thank you for being a part of my journey.  I look forward to discussing more Second Chapter issues to bring us all even better tomorrows, together, in 2013.  Namaste.

H “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” ~Buddha Quote

A “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” ~Henry David Thoreau

PPeace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.” ~Baruch Spinoza

P “It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.” ~St. Thomas Aquinas Y “I love those who yearn for the impossible.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

N“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

E “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

W “Expect to have hope rekindled.  Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Y  “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is to not stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein

E “You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and desires.  Create a strong belief in yourself and what you want.” ~Marcia Wieder

A Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ~Voltaire

R “I learned that realism can come in all shapes and sizes. The world is big enough for different values to coexist.” ~Haruki Murakami, The Folklore of Our Times

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6 thoughts on “Ending 2012 With A Special Gift – Empowering Ourselves For 2013

  1. Ronna

    beautiful post Cathy! Very empowering! My favorite is Eleanor Roosevelt: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” But I only feel that way when I have had a decent night’s sleep! Lots of love and all the best for a healthy and happy new year!

    1. Cathy Chester Post author


      Ah, yes, the ol’ I need to sleep but I have so much on my mind yet I need my beauty rest blues! Very familiar with THAT tune:-)

      I am so glad you enjoyed my post and found it empowering.

      I wish you joy and laughter in the coming year, with thanks for introducing me to you and your friends at BA50. I love it!


  2. Janet O'Neil

    More than wonderful Cathy! Thank you! My favorite is:
    W “Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach
    Happy New Year friend!

    1. Cathy Chester Post author

      Thank you, my kind reader and dear friend. Janet, you are so kind in your praise and I am happy you enjoyed this post. Happiest of New Years to you!


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