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A new year brings on new resolutions

Published on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 by BY PAM STEVENS | MANAGING EDITOR

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Why does it take the turn of the calendar to get us to make new goals and to get motivated for a better year than the last?
Starting fresh becomes almost obsessive for some, especially those of us who vow to lose weight, get out of debt, and all of the other usual New Year’s resolutions most of us tend to make each year.

Wouldn’t it be great to create a resolution list that includes serving others more, worrying less about ‘me’ and more about my family, or doing something to pay it forward on a weekly basis?

Can you imagine a world, a nation or even a community where other’s needs are put above oneself?
While Lake Stevens is ranked high on the list of giving communities as far as I’m concerned, there is always room for improvement.

Simple acts like picking up trash as you walk down the street or waving and saying hello to your neighbors can make a huge difference in the world we live in.

I remember once almost 25 years ago when I was at the grocery store. I must have looked like it was the last place I wanted to be—and honestly it probably was. As I was throwing my bags into my trunk a teenage boy walked up to me and handed me a card that said, ‘Have a nice day!’

I have to admit that it really did help me have a nice day. Here it is 25 years later and I still remember what that card meant to me. Small acts of kindness, wherever they may come from, mean a lot to not only the receiver but to the giver as well.

Of course my 2012 resolutions will include losing weight and tightening up the budget but this year’s list will also include running a 5K with my hubby, spending more one-on-one time with my kids and doing more for others, all with a smile on my face.

It’s the smile and gratitude in your attitude that makes all of the difference!

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