New Year's resolutions
Today marks the start of a new year.
It means a time to start things new and the begin again.
A lot of people will start the new year by enacting New Year's resolutions that include a wide range of things.
They can go from losing weight, cutting back on soda and a lot of things in between. By in large, a lot of New Year's resolutions are health-related and very personal in nature.
We would like to encourage people, as we begin the new year, to think of our community as well as yourself when crafting a resolution.
Yes, we agree that making lifestyle changes to create a better and more healthy environment is a positive. And making a statement to do better in one aspect of life or to reverse a bad trend in another is also something that people should do.
But, we cannot forget about our community.
It is our community and our surroundings that can make the biggest impact on us in all aspects of life.
If our community suffers, we all will suffer, no matter what New Year's resolution we have decided to stick to for the remainder of the year.
On the same token, if our community thrives, we all become beneficiaries of that.
It is our community that can be taken for granted when we are making our New Year's resolutions. We tend to focus on what we can do to make ourselves better as individuals, but we leave out what we can do to make the environment around us better.
We cannot forget our neighbors or our fellow residents.
We would encourage everyone to, when you are contemplating what you want to do to improve yourself in 2013, to also think about what you can do to improve your community and those around you.
It doesn't have to be a large undertaking. It can be something simple, for example, checking in on an elderly neighbor every week, hosting a block party to clean up your neighborhood, or something that improves the quality of life in and around your community.
We rely on our leaders to do things like provide services, increase job possibilities and the like but, we have to rely on ourselves to make our community a better place.
So, with all of that, think about what you can do for your neighborhood and community in 2013 and put a plan in place.
By one person taking on something simple for an entire neighborhood, it can have a lasting impact on so many others.
Have a happy and safe New Year.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark