I'm going to get a little personal with my readers this week.
I've noticed every year that goes by, my views change personally and politically. The goals and resolutions I make are usually forgotten by tax season. I never give up, but sometimes I have no time to accomplish them.
My resolutions and goals will change this year. No more unrealistic promises to myself that I never keep.
Here are my resolutions, and I hope you can keep some of yours as well.
1. This year, I will change my political views. I, like many voters, voted for President Bush the first time around. Now that my son is a U.S. Army soldier, I disagree with everything that comes out of his mouth. I respect our government, but some things must change. That's up to us. I will encourage others not to forget about our troops fighting for our freedom. I will help our country, the families of those troops, and as always, our veterans in any way I can.
2. I will look into the issues that affect us as American families. I will be more involved. I will help my neighbors, family and friends get more involved with the goals they set for their children's education by mentoring and finding out answers that are helpful.
3. I will learn something new to improve the way I feel about myself by volunteering my time at local community events or helping the sick. I'll make more caps, blankets and socks for hospice this year.
4. I will listen more. I will love more. I will readily be available to family and friends when they need me. I will consciously make an effort to be a better person.
5. I will teach anyone how to make his or her debt easier by budgeting. This will help make his or her resolution a reality. Less debt means less stress, which means more time to appreciate and enjoy this life. Maybe then and only then can we appreciate what God intended. God helps those who help themselves. Why give your problems to God? He's a busy God. So learn to help yourself this year.
What is your reward for making these changes? You will see a wonderful world, a world to love and enjoy. Life is a gift; it's by no means easy, but it's what you change in your life that makes it beautiful.
Don't put too much in the usual boring resolutions. Make changes that will make you happier in your day-to-day life, no matter how big or small the change.
Happiness is the word. Our busy, hectic times can simply change with a little effort.
So, "Auld lang syne, my friends. Let's take a cup of kindness and pass it around."
Let's not say goodbye to 2006. Let's greet 2007 with a handshake to a stranger and set forth changes to a great and happy new year!
Kathy Josenhans lives in Port Orange with her husband, Frank, and their German shepherd, Heidi, and a cat named Bogie after Humphrey Bogart. She can be reached at Kjosenhans@gmail.com.