I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions in ages. This year I’m going to do something different. I’m also going to challenge you to join me in this endeavor. It is something that we can all do. Let’s see what we can accomplish together by making special New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions are usually the same things every year: lose weight, save more money, or spend more time with family. It just seems our world is in turmoil now and sadly, many of us are divided more than ever. This calls for action on everyone’s part to help make this world a kinder, better place.
New Year’s Resolutions for Everyone
START WITH THE BASICS – COMMUNICATION
So, let’s start with communication. I’m going to resolve to be nice to everyone I meet. I’m going to greet strangers and smile at them. Smiles are usually contagious so let’s smile at everyone. I read once in Reader’s Digest that if you smile at everyone they will wonder what you’re up to.
Along with the smiles, let’s use kindness and patience with other people. We don’t know what other people are going through. They might be battling cancer or living paycheck to paycheck trying to survive. Checkout clerks at the grocery store and discount stores must deal with a lot of grumpy people. Be nice to them, ask them how they are and mean it when you do. I used to be a bank teller and I know how hateful some people can be. Let’s be kind and patient with everyone.
WE MUST TAKE CARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT
I’m also going to work harder to save the environment. I recycle everything I possibly can, but there are other things we can all do to save our environment. Let’s make these New Year’s resolutions:
Turn down the thermostat.
Turn off lights when you aren’t in the room.
Turn off the computer when it’s not in use.
Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
When running errands make one trip to go to several places. This will save time and gas.
Planting native flowers and grasses also help the environment. I have a small spruce tree we planted several years ago and a holly bush that the birds love. We can do many small things to help the wildlife in our areas. Let’s make the following New Year’s resolutions:
Set up bird feeders and put suet out in the winter.
Be sure to have clean water in at least one bird bath. There are bird bath heaters available to use in winter.
Put up several birdhouses to help the birds nest in the spring and stay warm in the winter.
In warm weather put out pans of water with pebbles in them for the bees.
Toss scraps of carrots, lettuce, and other vegetables under bushes where rabbits can find them.
DRIVING ON THE ROAD CAN MAKE YOU CRAZY – TRY PATIENCE
Be polite in traffic. This is a hard one. People can be so obnoxious while driving that you just want to scream. I’m guilty of screaming at other drivers. We need to just hold back and take several deep breaths. Going after a driver that cuts you off is dangerous. You could end up dead. We never know who is carrying a gun. Let’s make the following New Year’s resolutions:
Let other people go ahead of you when merging.
Be sure to stop at crosswalks to let pedestrians cross the street.
Always stop for school buses when their red stop sign is out.
Don’t speed through parking lots. That is dangerous.
Obey speed limit signs, especially in school zones.
Don’t try to beat the red light. It may be the last thing you do.
Be patient with elderly drivers. You’ll be like them someday.
MAKE TIME TO HELP OTHERS
Donate your time or money. Step up to help a charitable organization. Whether it is homeless pets or homeless people, there are many charities out there that need our help. There is a website where you can find opportunities to volunteer in your community.
Helping a charity doesn’t mean you have to give money. There are many volunteer jobs that are available. Such as:
Helping local shelters walk dogs and clean kennels.
Sorting donations for a charitable store or food pantry.
Assisting the elderly with home projects.
Building homes or remodeling with Habitat for Humanity.
Delivering meals to shut in’s through Meals on Wheels.
Help serve meals to the poor or homeless at shelters or kitchens.
Use your special skills to help out a charitable organization.
Charities like the Salvation Army will also take donations in kind. Gather things you don’t use anymore like coats, clothes, shoes, and blankets and donate them.
BE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON AND VOICE YOUR OPINION
Let’s also resolve to participate in what is going on in the world. Sitting around wearing blinders doesn’t help us or anyone else.
Review current federal and state legislation.
Sign petitions to save a species, a civil right, or a place.
Write or call your representative about pending legislation or other concerns you have.
SUPPORT A CAUSE
Support organizations that are working to save something dear to you. For instance, wildlife, the environment, civil rights, etc. There are many worthwhile organizations that need our help:
LET’S GET BACK TO BASICS AND BE FRIENDS WITH OUR NEIGHBORS
And last but certainly not least, if you haven’t already gotten to know your neighbors, do so. Your neighbors may end up saving you one day. Knowing them and having their contact information is very important. We must watch out for each other and not stay in our homes avoiding everyone around us. I took my neighbors boxes of candy for Christmas this year. It wasn’t much but I let them know that I appreciate them just being there.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS SHOULD MEAN SOMETHING
Let’s make New Year’s resolutions that mean something, not just to us but to others. No matter what your politics or religion is, we are all humans who need compassion and understanding. We need to stand together and support each other. Let’s make 2018 a great year.