Resolution: Take steps to improve self, city, world

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This is the traditional time of year to review the past year and to set our sights on the new year. Our desire for improvements led to the creation of New Year’s Resolutions.

Among the most popular resolutions are to eliminate junk food from our diets and to exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Unfortunately, before the month is out, many people rank these goals as failures. That’s the wrong way to look at it.

It is very difficult for anyone to totally eliminate junk food or to exercise daily. But if you managed to make any progress by eating a little healthier and by exercising a little more, you have succeeded in starting down the road toward your ultimate goal.

With that in mind, we would like to offer these possibilities as resolutions to better our lives and to strengthen our nation.

First, we start with the most basic of building blocks. You don’t have to be a Christian or even a religious person to appreciate The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

With this as the ultimate goal, we can look at pieces of that standard.

We hereby resolve:

• To avoid the all-or-nothing mode of negotiation and find ways to compromise to win-win.

• To take responsibility for our own actions and not try to blame everyone else.

• To debate issues on their merits and avoid casting aspersions on those who take an opposite viewpoint in the discussion.

• To smile and laugh more and frown and curse less.

• To seize the day and live it as if it were our last.

• To listen more and talk less.

• To seek to understand before trying to be understood.

• To find ways to bring people together on a common ground rather than to perpetuate ways of dividing people.

• To get the most out of our funds for the betterment of our families and nation and to reduce the burden of debt we carry.

• To understand that money should be a means to an end, not an end in itself.

• To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

• To recognize that we can’t solve every problem by throwing money at it.

• To live within our means by prioritizing our needs and wants and to not attempt to do or buy everything at once.

• To embrace differences and practice tolerance.

• To live and let live.

• To understand that my right to swing my arms ends where your nose begins.

• To endeavor to leave the world a better place than where we found it.

• To stand against injustice and tyranny.

• To be able to look in the mirror every night and say we did what we thought was right and we did it to the best of our abilities.

• To understand that nothing is going to be as awful as critics claim or as wonderful as proponents predict.

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