Civic Improvement

Well, it’s that time of year when we promise on a stack of bibles to reform ourselves and lead a better life. Yes, the onset of the new year means New Year’s resolutions. Usually, those resolutions involve our bodies, whether it is weight loss, exercise or beauty.

Of course we lie to ourselves about keeping these resolutions and we quickly fall back into the same routines that made us overweight, unable to  walk up the stairs or get that 20 something look of the past.

So why not try something different and start small? How about making a point of not swearing at the person in the car who is going too slow; how about asking about other people’s lives rather than being wrapped up in your own; how about trying to do one good deed a month for a perfect stranger ( just twelve good deeds!); and here’s an important resolution – how about not living life through celebrity nitwits and morally challenged sports stars and start seeing role models in soldiers, police officers, firemen and teachers?

New Year’s resolutions have become too self-centered and not other centered. We are all about personal improvement and not about civic improvement. It’s certainly OK to try and make yourself a better person on the outside, but what about the inside? What about trying to use your personal energy for the common good?

Now trying to shift away from me, me, me and concentrate on all the other people on the planet has no guarantee of success, in fact such resolutions may be just as frustrating as losing ten pounds. But at least resolutions for the common good do just that – make the world around you a little better place, and usually make you feel just as good, if not better, than that temporary weight loss.

Let’s face it, those ten pounds will come back soon, but being kind to others lasts a lot longer. Happy New Year and may it be filled with civic improvement.

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One Response to Civic Improvement

  1. Dotty (Tisevich) Foellmer says:

    Hi, Mike,

    I just stumbled across your blog. Great idea! I’m all for your new year’s resolution theme and will try to keep your smiling face in mind next time I start getting frustrated. Best wishes to you and your family for the new year.

    Dotty

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