I found this poem on Melissa's Blog. I think it is perfect for starting this new year. Also, I am going to start Melissa's Bible Study based on the book Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst. All information about the Bible Study is on her blog and it is free other than buying the book.
People are often unreasonable,
… illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway. ~ Mother Teresa