It seems like only yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2016 and feeling hopeful for a new vibe for 2017. Instead, 2017 seems to have continued to be a constant battle of “You’re either with me or against me,” at least if you pay attention to social media or three-quarters of the news.
Switch it off
However, there is obviously much more to life than what pops up on little or big screens — and if there isn’t, that is definitely a resolution we need to make. So many of us are addicted to a 24-hour feed of technology, as are our children. We need to make a resolution to switch it off for an hour — a day — maybe even a weekend or a week. We need to look at each other’s faces without immediately thinking, “I need to tag her.”
As the year comes to an end, another thing to consider is supporting your favorite nonprofits in town. Financial troubles can challenge all of us, and generosity to a variety of causes is to be applauded. But it is important to remember those who make your day-to-day life better. Some of them do so quietly, without much fanfare. Some have a bigger social media and people network for outreach use. But all of them are important contributors to where we live.
Annual appeals for these nonprofits are important. Their budgets help nonprofits plan what they can and can’t do for the upcoming year.
If you haven’t adopted a local nonprofit, make that another resolution.
It’s important for everyone, of all ages, to think before we speak (or type, or comment). Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind? This is not a bad test for any of us — ages 10 to 110.
Leave it better than you found it
The motto of the National Park Service is a good approach to life. Resolve to not rush to judgment. Resolve to try to understand where someone else is coming from, to understand the path they have taken that we have not.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb in his skin and walk around in it,” as Atticus Finch said in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Let’s resolve to assume the best in each other and hope that each of us has the most positive motivations — while maintaining an inquisitive mind.
Most importantly, if we haven’t already, let’s resolve to eliminate the word hate and the emotion hatred from our lives in 2018.
We cannot change the world. We can only change our contribution to it.
Let’s have our No. 1 New Year’s resolution be to make that contribution an overwhelmingly positive one.