The New Year

As the New Year approaches and Father Time continues on, perhaps many of us will review our thoughts and actions of the year just passed.  Can we do better in some areas of our life?  Can we evaluate the mistakes or poor choices that could have served us better?  Do we want to make changes for the better?  Are we aware of how fast time passes and will we do more to help others, and better ourselves?  This past year, many lives have been lost within our Military, First Responders, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, The Innocent, The Martyrs, who have given their lives for religious beliefs, The Babies in the wombs of the mothers, while the father of the embryo unknowingly or knowingly participates.  I can’t help but go to the words of Christ as He hung from the cross; “Father Forgive Them, They Know Not What They Do.”

Each of us is blessed most certainly, with sound mind, body, mobility, speech, and independence, we must stop and think how blessed we are.  To Those who cannot see, the unemployed, the sick, the terminally ill, the loss, the forgotten, the addict who cannot let go of the addiction, the poor, the homeless, the widow, the orphans and on and on….

Give thanks for all that you can do.  Make this New Year count for something that will change your life and make it better for yourself and others.  Strive to be content with what you have and if you are blessed with more make it a point to give a little of yourself.  There will come a time unknown to each of us when we will leave this life.  What will we leave behind?  Do something good every day for someone, and say a small prayer in thanksgiving.  God will hear and when we go before HIM, which each one of us will, regardless of your faith, hear the words, “ Well done, you fought the fight and won the race, Make 2018 that year!  God Bless and Happy New Year 2018.


Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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  1. Hi Lynn, thank you for these topics you right about. We tend to take many things for granted. Quite a few people suffer from PTSD due to their line of duty. Your post also reminded me of a book by Rhonda Byrne, “The Magic”, with transforming exercises in gratitude. It was quite interesting to go through.