New Year’s is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time for reflection. This reflection is why New Year’s brings so many resolutions, so many promises and attempts to change, to do better, to be better.
New Year’s is like one big collective birthday. It marks another year gone by for everyone. Another year older. Another reminder that time will not wait for us so we must make the most of our time while making the most of our lives.
Most resolutions involve something personal, something about the self: A push to lose weight, to work harder, to quit smoking, to exercise more, to rise to more challenges. Individuals will experience various levels of success and failure with these resolutions in the coming days and weeks. They are the resolutions that seem to be dragged out of the closet each year, as we are shoving all of the Christmas stuff back into the closet to end another holiday season.
Yet, perhaps, we should make some new resolutions this year.
Perhaps, we should resolve to adhere a little closer to the golden rule.
Perhaps, we should resolve to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Perhaps, we should resolve to be a little kinder to our neighbors.
Perhaps, we should resolve to be more involved in our community: To volunteer, to be more civic in our thoughts and actions, to weigh the merits of issues and candidates, to vote in this year’s coming midterm elections.
Perhaps, by thinking more of our neighbors, becoming more involved in our community, we can make Valdosta and Lowndes County and all of South Georgia a better place.
And if we make our home a better place, won’t that better serve the individual resolutions of each of us?