Make a different kind of resolution

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 4, 2014

Around the globe, the changing from one year to another is one of the most widely celebrated events.

Perhaps it is because of the changes it brings. New laws and regulations, such as a ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs of 40 watts or higher, take effect on that day, and for some locales, there is a change in leadership, as there was in New York City when it got its first new mayor since 2002.

But a more likely explanation for the proliferation of parties is the sense of hope that comes with a new year.

Individually, we make resolutions to somehow improve ourselves — whether it be quitting smoking, eating better or exercising more. Regardless of the resolution, for the most part they are focused inwardly.

Maybe it is time to rethink the resolution. Maybe it is time to make resolutions aimed at bettering the community. Vow to spend some time each week picking up litter or start volunteering at your child’s school or at your church.

And this does not end with the private individual. Politicians and governmental bodies as a whole should resolve themselves to truly work for the betterment of society as a whole and not just grandstand for the voters. Businesses can even get in on the act by promising to engage in at least one charitable activity over the course of the year.

So while taking care of one’s health is obviously vital to being a productive member of society, if everyone does their part to make the community as a whole a better place to live, we all reap the benefits.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and helpful 2014.