This is the time of year when we typically reflect back on the previous year and look ahead to the coming year. We may have positive or negative thoughts about where we are at, what we have recently experienced, and what lies ahead in the coming year. Many of us make resolutions or set goals for ourselves that we can hopefully achieve in the coming year such as losing weight or quitting smoking. These are both examples of resolutions that focus strictly on the people who made the resolutions bettering themselves. I would venture a guess that the vast majority of resolutions fall into this category. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as anyone making a resolution to somehow better themselves at least realizes that they could make some improvements, whatever they may be. And I applaud that.
However, my challenge to anyone reading this is to make at least one resolution that involves doing something for someone else, for your community, or anything beyond just yourself. This might be something as simple as making more of an effort to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, which will also make them happy. Or it could be finding a way to volunteer your time for a good cause, giving back to your community, or doing something special for our military personnel, our veterans, or anyone else who might deserve some appreciation. Perhaps there is something you can do from which your whole family can benefit.
For myself, I will try to “take in the good” rather than dwell on the negatives in my life even more than I have recently, and I will also try to do more things that give me a sense of purpose and help me feel emotionally full. For more of an explanation on what I mean by these things, stay tuned for my next few posts.
For other people, I will continue to volunteer at my kids’ schools in whatever way I can, I will continue doing what I do on behalf of my neighborhood, and I will look for even more ways that I can make a positive difference in the lives of others. I’m not sure yet exactly what that will entail, but I hope this blog falls under that category for at least a few people. I will also be encouraging my kids to think about doing more for others as well, hopefully something we can all do together. Maybe I will even reward them by trying some new recipes this year and seeing if I can get them to branch out a little with their tastes in food. Have you made any resolutions yet?
If you have any thoughts to share on this topic, please feel free to click on “Leave a Comment” below the title to this post. You can easily read any or all previous posts by clicking on the “Home” page tab and scrolling through the topics, or you can search by clicking on a category or tag word or by using the search box to the left.