This time of year, millions of people set New Year’s resolutions. Common resolutions include losing/gaining weight, improving one’s finances, spending more time with family, overcoming a alcohol, drug, gambling or other addiction, and improving one’s health through an exercise program. Of course, the list is quite extensive.

Do you make resolutions? Do you keep them?

I used to set goals, but haven’t in a number of years. It’s not that I don’t believe in the value of setting goals (I do) or that I don’t have areas of improvement to make (I do). If I were to make a list, it would include: losing weight, getting in more exercise and eating more healthfully, maintaining a cleaner house, budgeting my finances better, traveling more, and performing community service. 

As to the last item on my list, in October we feted our second cadre of “Women of Influence.” The 12 women, representing a broad spectrum of occupations, from business women to the dean of a college, have found time in their busy schedules, some over a period of decades, to give back to their community through service on nonprofit boards and/or volunteer service. Truly awe-inspiring. Perhaps its the writer in me, but I wonder if these women set New Year’s resolutions. Hmmm. Note to self: ask them, and post their responses in the December 2019 issue of this magazine. 

Anyway, while I personally will not be writing out any New Year’s resolutions, I do want to send a heartfelt wish to my friends and neighbors across Cleveland County, for a New Year filled with adventure and wonder, peace (internal and external), personal and work success, and yes, community service. Think what a difference it would make if the last item made it to everybody’s New Year’s list.

Happy New Year!