Ruth Zavitsanos

December 29, 2011

2012 Make it Happen

Filed under: Uncategorized — ruthz621 @ 2:39 pm

Carpe Diem, Make it Happen, Take on life and LIVE

These are a few adages I hold close to mind and heart when entering a New Year. They’ve traveled through the centuries for good reason. I’ve learned that in order to Seize the day, Make It Happen and Take On Life and Live we must find in ourselves Tolerance, Compassion and Peace to attain true Happiness.

It’s important to surround ourselves with those who also believe in these virtues. In that life has its ups and downs, during our longer and more trying days we must dig deep to bring forth tolerance, find compassion, and embrace peace. Others can easily tip the scales or worst, act with contempt and disruption, leaving us hurt and disappointed. We can not control what others do or say, but we can think their actions and words through. If we find discourse and intolerant meaning uprooting our solitude we must preserve ourselves by eliminating negativity, which often creates chaos. We can all err at times. Step forward and allow peace to prevail, recognizing and offering an apology often brings happiness. An apology is more than “I’m sorry.” Those simple words in this advanced society are like taking a charcoal pencil to lamb skin, primitive. Think about what can be done, rather than said. If the words were upsetting undo the words with an afternoon filled with laughter. All of us have inside the means to create joyfulness, some have to dig and try harder than others depending on their days. Usually, it does a heart good to reach back to a better place through a picture, a happier time through a song, or relaxing with a good book. All of these things can inspire positive action.

In 2012 Carpe Diem and I wish you a Happy New Year!

Carpe Diem, Horace (Roman Poet)

Make It Happen (Cleopatra)

Take On Life and Live (unknown)



  1. What a great way to start the New Year, Ruth. And I couldn’t agree with you more about saying you’re sorry. Actions DO speak louder than words when you’re apologizing for having wronged someone. My son feels that if he says, “I’m sorry”, that it makes everything fine and back to normal. I’m trying to instill in him the fact that that doesn’t always work. Doing and acting differently does, though.
    Thanks for the post.

    Comment by Patricia Yager Delagrange — December 29, 2011 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Patti. As moms we need to stay on our young about handling things properly. This next generations is all about the “quick fix” and “sweeping it under the rug.” When I use these dated cliches my daughters look at me puzzled which give me the opportunity for you, you guessed it, another lecture! 🙂 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

      Comment by ruthz621 — December 30, 2011 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  2. Very nice post, Ruth. It’s true. How we react to something is completely our choice. We cannot control others, only ourselves.

    Happy New Year!

    Comment by Marci Baun — December 29, 2011 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Marci. I’m glad you agree with my blog. I really enjoyed writing and sharing this New Year’s reflection. HAPPY NEW YEAR to my most awesome publisher! 🙂

      Comment by ruthz621 — December 30, 2011 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  3. Ruth, I learned some time ago, I can’t change others, I can only change the way I react to them. Accepting this bit of truth has brought me a lot of peace. Here’s wishing you much happiness and joy in the new year.

    Comment by Jacki Kelly — December 29, 2011 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for neatly wrapping up and putting a bow on things, Jackie. HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂

      Comment by ruthz621 — December 30, 2011 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  4. i could not have said it better myself and you KNOW that “I” have no problem saying what i think – ever! it is best to surround yourself with those of “like thinking and beliefs”, while still hearing the thoughts of others, so that we know what we are up against and how to be objective in living our own lives in the best and most promising manner – Pray for World Peace in 2012 and God Bless!

    Comment by carol caughill — December 30, 2011 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

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