Happy New Year Resolutions

Margaret Adams

Well, we’ve made it through another year and to the beginning of a new decade!

One of the traditions that come to my mind is the New Year’s resolutions that people make at the start of the year. Some of the most common resolutions are losing weight, eating healthier, exercising or going to the gym, spending less, saving more and paying off debt, to name a few of the more popular ones.  Since this happens every year, I wanted to explore just what the word resolution means.

A resolution is a formal expression of intention, a resolve or determination, a firmness of purpose.  It sounds like you are pretty sure of yourself if you decide to make a New Year’s Resolution.  But, as we all know, usually by February most of our resolutions go by the wayside and we may make excuses for why they cannot be fulfilled.  Given its track record, I am a bit afraid to suggest we commit to a Resolution for our community, but I have faith in us as a community.

I would like the community to resolve to become healthier this year.  This means being more aware of what keeps us healthy such as eating more fruits and vegetables and less fast and processed food. It means eating smaller portions and definitely decreasing the sugary drinks.  It means increasing our activity levels, by any means necessary (another way of saying pick what you like to do to stay active).  It means visiting your healthcare provider for regular care or seeking mental health care when feeling overwhelmed.

Let’s become a community that resolves to do its best to support our children.  Our children are our future and our legacy.  We need to do everything possible to make sure that they arrive into the world healthy and once they arrive, we need to make sure that they are given the best chance to become contributing human beings.

This means being up to date on what is appropriate for children at each stage of their development.  It may mean throwing away old beliefs that have not benefited our children.  It means understanding what we need to do to make their education a positive experience. We may need to educate ourselves more in order to help educate our children.

It means looking for ways to expose our children to as much of the world outside our own community as we can so that they have a more global understanding of the world, and so that they not just think in terms of what they see immediately around them, but of the future possibilities they can participate in beyond music and sports.

Knowledge is what will help our future generations survive and move forward in this ever changing world that we live in.

Let us resolve to show love for our community by how we treat it.  As owners or renters we all should strive to take care of the property we live in.

This helps to improve the economic value of our community.  Let’s be mindful of how our community looks to us and to others passing through.

This means seeing less of the trash people are leaving behind on our streets.  Look for a waste receptacle or hold on to your trash until it can be properly disposed of.  Leaving trash means you don’t respect your community and neither will others.

Let’s resolve to use the power of our votes to make this community, city, state and country a better place for all.

Most of all let’s just have a wonderful year and show love and respect for each other.

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