Happy New Year! (Plus: The 5 Most Popular Posts of 2008)

by Henrik Edberg

Happy New Year! (Plus: The 5 Most Popular Posts of 2008)It’s the last day of the year and we’re soon going out to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

But before that I’d like to thank you all – the readers, the guest posters, all the people who commented or sent me an email – for your support! I truly appreciate it and hope you will have a wonderful 2009 and celebration wherever you are in the world tonight.

Back in 2007 I expected that 2008 would be off the hook.

And in large parts it was, both on the blog and personally. I had a lot of fun, met new interesting people and learned much about myself and the world around me. It was a very good year.

I have a strong feeling that 2009 will be even better. :)

I like to share quite a bit of quotes on this site. Here are two of my favorites that I feel sum up a lot about personal growth and how the world works. I hope you get something good out of them.

First, a quote that was inscribed on the tomb of an angelical bishop who was buried in Westminster Abbey in 1100 A.D:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, on one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize – if I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country and who knows, I may have changed the world.

The second one is from Kirsten Zambucka and a quote that I have already shared a whole bunch of times:

Though I might travel afar, I will meet only what I carry with me, for every man is a mirror.
We see only ourselves reflected in those around us.
Their attitudes and actions are only a reflection of our own.
The whole world and its condition has its counterparts within us all.
Turn the gaze inward.
Correct yourself and your world will change.

Now, you may have a bit of have a bit of time over tomorrow so here are five of the most popular posts from the blog this year:

Happy New Year! I’ll see you in 2009.

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{ 9 comments }

Shanel Yang December 31, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Happy New Year to you, too, Henrik! Thanks for all the amazingly deep and thought-provoking posts you provided us with in 2007; and, I very much look forward to all you will do in 2008! : )

Vincent December 31, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Hey Henrik,

I love the quote that was inscribed on the tomb of the bishop. It is hard and maybe not possible to change the world, but changing ourselves is definitely possible. Have a great year Henrik.

To your success,
Vincent
Personal Development Blogger

LifeMadeGreat - Juliet January 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hi Henrik

Thank you for the sharing the quotes. One of my main aims around 2009 is personal development, so they are very relevant.

I shall try to keep this one with me…
“Though I might travel afar, I will meet only what I carry with me, for every man is a mirror.”

All the best to you for 2009.
Looking forward to this year on Positivity Blog.

Juliet

Mark | Life Empowerment January 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Happy New Year Henrik!

Thank you for giving us some great food for thoughts to leave the turmoil of 2008 behind us and move forward to create an exciting 2009!

I am all set to make 2009 an exhilarating year for myself and I hope it’ll be the same for you and your readers!

Cheers~

Mark
http://mark-foo.com
Personal Development To Empower Your Life

Steve @ Freedom Education January 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Hi Henrick,

I just found your site and liked what you had to say. 2009 is the year for bigger and better things.

Enjoy your first day of the new year,

M2Mz January 2, 2009 at 4:08 am

Happy New Year!

Look forward to many more great positive articles.

Wellspring Life January 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Thanks for all of the great links! I’ll have some great new inspiration for 2009!

Arswino January 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm

How wonderful the quotes are. Yes, changes should begin with “I”. Thanks for sharing these.
Happy New Year too, Henrik and I have a strong feeling too that 2009 will be better. :)

nuarnemnare January 7, 2009 at 3:25 am

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