As I think about what New Year's resolutions I would like to make, I want to keep in mind some statements made by Abdu'l-Baha. Hers are those statements:
O ye friends of God!
Be kind to all peoples and nations,
have love for all of them,
exert yourselves to purify the hearts as much as you can,
........and bestow abundant effort in rejoicing the souls.
Be ye a sprinkling of rain to every meadow
.......and a water of life to every tree.
Be ye as fragrant musk to every nostril and a soul-refreshing breeze to every invalid.
Be ye salutary water to every thirsty one,
a wise guide to every one led astray,
an affectionate father or mother to every orphan,
.........and, in the utmost joy and fragrance,..............
a son or daughter to every one bent with age.