I’m sure I am not the only one happy to say goodbye to the year 2020. Goodbye and good riddance! Now it is time to concentrate on a fresh, new year and look for better times on the horizon. My goals for 2021 are a little different than years past. They are usually pretty boring – you know, like losing weight and exercising more. Instead, what I plan to do this year is to only concentrate on what is positive in my life and to make a few changes. So, here are my New Year’s Resolutions.
Going through the shutdown made me realize the importance of a hug. The thing I missed the most was not being able to hug my grandchildren. I will never take a hug for granted ever again and I will give as many hugs as I can!
I will make the time to stay in touch with friends and family. I so appreciated all of the calls I received – from old friends and neighbors and from people I hadn’t talked to in a while, just checking to see how I was doing. I started doing the same thing, making calls just to say “hello.” In these times, it’s so important to maintain a connection with others.
I’ve been thinking about random acts of kindness and I read an article recently that said more than 900 cars “paid it forward” in a random act of kindness at a Dairy Queen drive-through. I consider myself to be a kind person and am often randomly kind to people I know and love. So, I resolve to devote time to a service organization, reach out and help others. I used to be a member of the Zonta Club of Fenton, but gave it up due to my busy schedule. It is time to get involved again!
Have you noticed the number of mean comments on Facebook? Sometimes, I am appalled at how mean people can be. I resolve to spend less time on social media and spend more time working on my own writing.
My last resolution: not to make anymore resolutions! They say if you make too many, they are harder to keep.
Overall, I just want to be more appreciative of everything – the people in my life, my health, and that I have a comfortable home to live in. I take nothing for granted anymore. This year, I’m going to take the time to sit back, as they say, and smell the roses. I feel that 2021 will be a better year! That’s what I’m hoping for.