So, Ambroce Bierce's inspirational quote sums up the negative impact debt has on all of us, whether we care to admit it or not.
I believe, as Ambroce does, that we enslave ourselves to debt, we force ourselves to work in jobs we don't care for ONLY because we have financial commitments, debt.
Now even if you don't accept this somewhat dystopian view of the debt-world, I think you can agree that spending money you don't have, repeatedly, does not serve anybody well. (You only have to look at the world financial crises around 2010 to see the pain caused by the inevitable 'correction')
Keeping out of debt, or at least in control of it, keeps you in charge.
As for Maya Angelou's new year inspirational quote, it's a truism for all of us at any time of the year. If smiles are short on the ground - and let's hope that's not the case! :-) - then save them for those people we care for.
Show the people that matter to us that they matter to us, I guess you could call it.
As for Mother Teresa's inspirational quote, it's a general thought about the need of love, absolutely - a need more pressing than bread.
And yet this love is as bountiful as bread, if only we would allow ourselves to be nourished by it.
Yes - and I do speak from some experience, here - I certainly believe that we are our own worst enemies, when it comes to letting love into our lives.
Our excuses include...
"I don't have time" (to look for, and be with a soulmate)
"She doesn't look right" / "He hasn't got a good enough job" etc.
"It's just too hard... Everyone's got baggage!"
What I somewhat clumsily say in the video is that Mr or Ms Right does exist! And you can see them, and meet them, just as soon as you become that person yourself.
It starts with you. Always. It starts with you.
Of course, you could go into a new year blaming everyone but you, if you like, and... Well, see you hear this time next year! ;-)
That's what I say, anyway. How about you? What do you say?
Yep, as ever, I'd love to hear your wisdom, your thoughts, especially on how you're going to make the new year different! :-)
PS And here are three more new year inspirational quotes
"Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right." -- Oprah Winfrey
"The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards; they will be dissipated, lost and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence." -- Marie Edgeworth
"From New Year's on the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining." -- Leonard Bernstein
PPS Now please comment, please have your say - thanks.