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A Fresh Start
By Caterina Spinaris
Published: 01/14/2019


I thank God for reset buttons. They make it possible for us to have a fresh start. And many of us may need exactly that right now. A new year is a sort of a reset button. It provides us with opportunities for new beginnings. Reset buttons and new years remind us that:

  • We are not stuck, and we do not have to be.
  • We can learn to think differently and act differently.
  • We can learn from what has made us miserable.
  • We can learn from our mistakes and our miscalculations.
  • We can learn to eat our pride, acknowledge our error, apologize and move on.
  • We can learn to forgive, and to accept forgiveness, and to move on.
  • We can learn to extend patience, mercy and grace where we have not till now.
  • We can learn to breathe.
  • We can learn to love.
  • We can learn to face truth.
  • We can learn to seek and find and embrace true wisdom.
  • We can learn to invest our life in pursuits that truly matter.
  • We can learn to distinguish between fool’s gold and the true kind.
  • We can learn to LIVE.

This article as been reprinted with permission from the January 2019 Issue of Correctional Oasis, a monthly e-publication of "Desert Waters Correctional Outreach".

Editor's note: Caterina Spinaris is the Executive Director at Desert Waters Correctional Outreach and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. She continues to contribute to the field of corrections staff well-being individually and organizationally, in particularly regarding issues of traumatic stress due to exposure to violence, injury, death on the job, and also issues of organizational climate improvement.

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