By: C. Ron Allen
The beginning of the year is a time of reflection. We bemoan the failures of the past year and vow to make resolutions to improve or not to repeat our mistakes.
However, we should set resolutions we can keep.
As Abe Lincoln once said, “Your own resolution to succeed is more important than the resolution itself.”
I am not one who makes New Year’s resolutions. And last month, I had planned to share with you my hopes and dreams for 2013. But that column was bumped because of the shooting in Connecticut. However, I promised I would share them with you this month, no matter what.
For starters, I wish we all will set resolutions we can keep to improve ourselves, our lives and the world around us.
1. Get Out of Debt. I will strive to spend less than I earn.
2. Learn Something New. I will attempt to learn to fix my own computer, thus making my friend happy.
3. Get Organized. When it comes to my house, less is more. I will not hesitate to invite someone over on a whim, and I can find my stapler when I need it.
4. Help Others. A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms.
5. To better cherish family, children and the sanctity of life, and recognize my most important purpose… is to love and to be loved.
The last five are my wish list, but I wish friend that you will make them your resolutions.
6. I wish Democrats and Republicans can finally realize that our suffering country is much more important than their petty squabbles, private perks, or corporate backers.
7. I wish Congress would make unemployment a priority.
8. I hope that deadly and nonsensical ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, like the ones here in Florida, are erased from the law books.
9. I wish the ongoing conflicts around the world will finally come to peaceful conclusions.
10. And since the world didn’t end on the 21st of Dec., then I have more chance to fulfill my wish of marrying a millionaire on life support.
Now having heard that, I welcome your feedback.