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Reflect on how the new year can be a very good onePosted Monday, January 4, 2010, at 8:50 AM
As we prepare for the dawning of a new year and a new decade, let's all take time to reflect on how we can make own communities a better place to live and work.
Traditionally, this is the time of the year when folks make New Year resolutions only to have all those self-directed goals disappointingly shattered in a just a couple of weeks after the new year starts.
I have been down that road many times vowing year in and year out to drop some weight and live a more physically active and healthy lifestyle.
Any of you who know me, can see those are a couple of resolutions that I'm still finding more than challenging.
In short, I've failed miserably every time I've vowed to lose weight and keep it off so I'm not going to put that at the top of my list this year. However, I've already been clued in my several of my loving family members that they are going to hold me accountable to shape up in the next 12 months.
The last few months following a pair of much-needed knee replacement surgeries, I've had a lot of time to reflect on my life and I've not always been pleased with the way I've acted or reacted to a variety of situations.
I've also had time to access some things that I need to change or at least attempt to change to make me a better person in the eyes of my fellow brothers and sisters here on earth and more importantly in the view of my Creator.
Those personal reality checks will be the focus of my New Year resolutions for 2010
Among my suggested 'to-do' list for the coming year is:
*When you say, "I love you", mean it.
*Give people more than they expect and do it with a smile on your face.
*Don't believe everything you hear.
*When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.
* Never laugh at another's personal dreams, hopes or ambitions.
* In disagreements, fight fairly and refrain from name-calling please.
*Talk slowly, but think quickly.
*Remember great achievements involve great risk.
*When you lose, don't lose the lessons that come from defeat. The key is to get up after your setbacks.
* Don't let a minor dispute injure a great friendship beyond repair.
*When you realize you've made a mistake, swallow your pride and take immediate steps to correct it.
*Don't fret about the small stuff.
*Read more books and watch less TV.
*Don't forget to read the newspaper everyday. It is a dying habit among our younger generation and it is hurting a profession I dearly love.
*Spend some time alone.
*Learn to listen.
* Open your arms, mind or soul to change, but never let go of your values or moral teachings.
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. I think some have called it 'golden'.
* In disagreements with those you love deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past shortcomings unless they are directly relevant.
*Learn to read between the lines. You will be surprised at all you can really learn.
*Share your knowledge with others, especially those younger ones who look up to you.
*Once a year, go someplace you've never been before. That's one I really want to accomplish in the coming year.
*Don't be afraid of helping others while you are living.
*Remember that not getting what you want when you want it is sometimes the greatest blessing.
*With crime up in our communities, it might be good to trust in God but lock your car anyway.
*Pray. There's immeasurable power in prayer.
This is a time where we've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
These are the days of two income families but more divorce and fancier houses, but more broken homes.
We've conquered much through science and technology, but not our prejudices.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build better and faster computers to hold more information, but we still communicate with each other less and less.
Take the time to reflect and learn how you make 2010 a very good year.
Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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