Gary January Gems and Trivia

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Welcome, January, the month we ring in the new year with renewed hope and promise.

Along with counting down the seconds to the New Year, you probably sang, mumbled or listened “Auld Lang Syne”, Robert Burn’s 1788 ode to times spent together. (The title translates to “for the sake of old times”.)

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne”

– Robert Burns


As we look back at the times we had in 2018, let’s raise a cup of kindness to all in hope of a peaceful, healthy and happy 2019.

Enjoy these January GEMS. These quotes have given me many moments of reflection and inspiration.

Over the years, I often reflected on what it meant to be happy and wondered if I considered myself happy at a particular moment.

As I look back, I can say with certainty that I have been happiest when I chose to live in the moment rather than allowing my busy mind to ping pong me from the nostalgia of my past to the uncertainty of the future.

If there’s anything I learned from my time on this planet it’s that clichés exist because they hold universal truths.

If I had children, I would like to think that I would take the advice that William Martin gives on sharing with them the value of treasuring the ordinary things in life. Because I don’t have children, I hope to share this wisdom by example with the children of others – regardless of their age.

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.

– William Martin

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Gary Blair is Owner and Chief Engagement Officer for i24 Call Management Solutions and Founder of the Art for Healing Foundation. He's passionate about creating connections between people through both his for-profit and not-for-profit activities. Communication is the name of the game.


  1. Betty Bouchie January 1, 2019 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Wonderful as always brother!

    You are always responsible for how you act…. can I get an AMEN!!!!!

    • January 1, 2019 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Amen! Happy New Year Sista – let’s make it fabulous!! xoxo

  2. Jeff Doyle January 2, 2019 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Great thoughts Gary. Happy New Year.

    • January 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jeff! A very Happy New Year to you as well. May 2019 bring you good health and good times with good friends!


  3. Niky Papachristidis January 2, 2019 at 8:48 am - Reply

    My dear Gary, myheartfelt wishes to you and Earl for this new year, and thank you for including me in your mailing list.
    I truly enjoy your mailings.
    How do i make a small donation to your foundation ?

    • Gary Blair January 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Niky,

      So glad to hear you enjoy the Gems! Best wishes to you as well for a wonderful 2019. May it bring you all your aspire for, and them some! I’ll contact you privately regarding a donation, thanks every so much for that.

      Big hugs xoxo

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