Joanne Palmer's Column in the Steamboat Today newspaper (edited down). Enjoy!

A new year calls for some new words of wisdom, sage sayings and pearls of wisdom to curl up and contemplate.

■ Make new friends but keep the old — especially the ones who have houses in warm places.
■ The economy is only as bad as your imagination is limited. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. Either way, you’re right.
■ Better to date a first-rate man in a second-rate car then the other way around.
■ You can guarantee the happiness of only one person: yourself.
■ It’s not what you make, it’s what you save.
■ Snuggle a baby every chance you get.
■ Choose your battles.
■ Learn something new every day. For example: Hemi­dem­­isemiquaver is a 64th-note in music. Say what? You probably thought it was the name of a smelly fish.
■ Don’t count calories, burn them.
■ Consider the source.
■ This, too, shall pass.
■ Debt is like a noose around your neck. Pay cash.
■ You already know the story of your own life, ask about someone else’s.
■ Leave large tips.
■ Be kind. Be kind. Be kind. Then be extra kind.
■ Having a good handyman is essential. Ditto for a hardware store. And a great dog.
■ You can’t change another person, only yourself.
■ If you don’t open your mouth, you open your pocketbook.
■ Trust what people do, not just what they say.
■ Don’t listen to the naysayers; follow your heart.
■ Every person is the architect of his own fortune.
■ Never miss an opportunity to enjoy life. Have some unscheduled fun.
■ If you wake up in the morning, it is a grand day.
■ Don’t get a car until you know how to change a flat tire.
■ We all end up where we are supposed to be.
■ Ideas generate money.

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