The holidays are a time for focusing on others.  We’ve heard it our whole lives, and in our hearts, we're pretty sure it's what we're supposed to do.  Friends, families, and neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers are subject to extra kindness, thoughtfulness, and thankfulness.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?

If that’s true, then why do so many of us start the year actually feeling kind of crummy?  Could it be because, in the midst of showing everyone around you how much  love you have to give, you’re holding yourself back from receiving any in return?

Take a look at that mirror and ask yourself: Was 2011 a year of regret?  Of doubt, fear, guilt, and non-forgiveness?  Has it gone even farther back that that?  If so, then it’s time to look in that mirror again and ask yourself a different question: ”Who would you give a second chance?”

It’s a new year, and with it should come a new start.  Let 2012 be the year you give yourself permission to take that second chance.  Let it be the year you leave behind the hurtful words, the wasted money, the compromised principles, and the bad decisions.  You are so much more than the sum of whatever mistakes you think you’ve made in the past.

You are a person of infinite potential.  You are a person of a fresh start.  You are People of the Second Chance.

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