More wishes and resolutions to start the new year
COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
Cochrane Eagle, January 9, 2002
Last week's column drew many wonderful responses. The first is from
northeast of Edmonton:
DEAR WARREN: Throughout my career as a teacher, who also conducted
and accompanied school choirs, Let there Be Peace On Earth was always
on our program. Your last column transported me to those wonderful times
with my pupils, who never failed to put heart and soul into singing
this inspirational song.
My resolution, year after year, has been to become more compassionate
and empathetic. I still have such a long way to go, but the look of
love and concern for their fellow beings on the faces of those school
choirs never failed to renew a resolve which still resonates within
me today. Your timely words have touched me deeply this first day of
2002, and I want to thank you for this message and all the others which
have come into my secluded home on the prairies.
Winifred Schroer, Smokey Lake
Forgiveness is akin to compassion, according to another of our coffee
DEAR WARREN: In your column last week you said your new year's resolution
was "to be a more compassionate person." My own new year's resolution
is quite similar: to be a more forgiving person. This is a resolution
I have been driven to by personal bankruptcy.
Nine months ago, shamed and bewildered, I finally had to admit I was
hopelessly in debt.
The day I stepped into the office of the bankruptcy trustee was one
of the worst days of my life. I fully expected to be severely judged
and found wanting.
To my amazement, the trustee did not judge me at all, but was most
compassionate, as were all to whom I owed money. From the moment I filed
for bankruptcy, I received nothing but sympathetic support from all
Without adding to my humiliation, they lifted a load off my back I
could no longer bear.
I learned how good it felt to be forgiven to be set free.
Now that the bankruptcy is about to be discharged, there remains only
one debt I'm obligated to repay: to forgive others as I have been forgiven.
And that's why my new year's resolution is to be a more forgiving
Finally, this gracious wish from a regular at our table:
FOR THE YEAR of 2thousand and two I wish you the gift to see old things
as new a treasure of smiles a trove of playing I wish you true vision
in all peoples' sayings.
Personal fulfillment, dreams that inspire I wish you Jacob's ladder
to climb higher and higher Books that will read you and the reading
of good books a gift of deafness to gossip and blindness to mean looks.
Days that have meaning and meaning in days a spectacular vision upon
all that you gaze Roads to the high road and the path less travelled
the strength of compassion when souls come unravelled.
Personal pleasure in the ones you hold dear a smile, a kind memory,
no traces of fear a connection with G-d that you have most wanted Hopeful
beginnings and endings not daunted.
Peace for your spirit and peace for mankind always looking forward
not longingly behind friends who walk in when all others walk out Messages
of courage and nothing of doubt!
2thousand and two hugs, respect and quiet times All that will connect
you to life's unique finds time to dance and time to pray time to cry
and just time in each day.
A year of 3hundred-and-sixty-five songs a year to forgive all those
who've done wrong a year to reflect and play in the sun a year that
will remind you that growing old is fun.
Sandy Corenblum ©, Calgary
© 2002 Warren Harbeck
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