IT’S THAT TIME of year again to make your New Year’s resolutions. For those seeking a challenge, here are a few goals to set for yourself. Start 2021 by promising yourself:

• To be strong, so that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Earnestly pursue knowledge and truth so long as you live.

• To talk about health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. Try to see things from the other person’s point of view.

• To make all your friends feel that there is something in them that is valuable. Don’t ever look down on anyone, no matter how humble their surroundings or circumstances.

• To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Engage in sports or some form of exercise to keep the body fit, cultivate an appreciation for music and art, read and study good books, and try to be a good conversationalist and listener, for those things have much to do with a happy life.

• To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Be generous with your possessions.

• To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Choose a career or avocation in which you feel you can serve your fellow man.

• To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. When you feel you have done wrong, tell somebody about it.

• To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Whatever you do, do it well. Be more concerned about quality than quantity. Do what you know is right, rather than what is popular, but don’t be self-righteous.

If you are just starting out, choose your partner with great care. Be willing to sacrifice any personal desires or possessions you have to make your marriage a success.

Have a good sense of humor. The first prerequisite is to learn to laugh at yourself.

If you can keep these promises to yourself and live by these challenges for the entire year, 2021 will certainly be a rewarding one for you and all those people you come into contact with.

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YOU MAY be familiar with the “Laws of the Natural Universe.” If you aren’t, you are either very lucky or you aren’t paying attention to what’s happening around you. For example:

Law of Probability. The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Close Encounters. The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

Law of the Workplace. Any item, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of the Telephone. If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.

Law of Variation. If you change lines at the market or traffic lanes, the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are now in.

Law of the Bath. When the body is fully immersed in water the telephone rings.

Law of the Result. When you try to prove to someone that something doesn’t work, it will.

Law of Biomechanics. The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to your reach.

Wilson’s Law. As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it or they will declare it a serious health risk.