Those New Year resolutions

Posted 01.10.13

SHAWVILLE, QUEBEC | What a relief that the world didn't end. The media's analysts misinterpreted the Mayan calendar, or likely they exaggerated someone else's misinterpretation, similar to the Y2K crisis when the digital world was due to end. So we have a reprieve.

Yet another year is panting and scratching at the door to come in. Do we all have our New Year's resolutions ready? Are we about to step into the new year as new persons?

In case some of our readers haven't had time in the holiday rush to write up their resolutions, here are a few suggestions:

Number one, treat the old folks in your family and neighbourhood with respect and affection. Treat them as if they are the elders for our community. They are. A new study in the US concludes that seniors who feel they are respected as wise and experienced, live longer, have fewer problems in health and mental attitude, and keep their memories longer. That's a big pay off for an easy task.

Treat the kids around you with love -- and respect. Many studies have also shown that kids who feel valued and respected see themselves that way. Kids who are not respected at home have a tough time respecting themselves, and accomplishing some of their many potentials. Again, a huge payoff for an easy task.

Treat the community around you with respect, or with more respect. This has immeasurable positive results, and there are as many ways to show respect for the place where we live. Volunteer, plant flowers, sure -- but also pay more attention to what's happening within our neighbourhoods and our city. Read and listen to the news. So many people agonize over municipal and school board decisions which upset their lives -- as no other level of government can.

If more people remained informed about city council and its decisions, there will be many fewer complaints of outrage or regret over those decisions. Too many people are not interested in our city and its issues and planning -- and yet they are disappointed when those decisions and plans drop down on their heads with a new subdivision, vintage trees are cut down, bus routes changed, or school policies modified. Listen, if you have to be convinced that municipal decisions are crucial to your daily life, you aren't looking around.

Lastly, how about sharing all this respect with yourself? It may sound a little fluffy, but how we treat ourselves affects our entire lives. Seek help; offer help. Acknowledge our strengths and abilities -- nothing complicated here. Respecting yourself also suggests getting to know yourself better - put the flurry of daily activity on pause and look past all the maintenance tasks we face. There's a big life up ahead, the biggest we'll ever experience. So start experiencing it.

Here's to a good year coming! Harmony and helping ourselves, those are the Bulletin's mottos and we'll continue following these guiding lights. How about you?


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