Resolutions for a better world in this new year
Friday, January 04, 2013 10:00 AM
On Jan. 1, 2012, the Terre Haute Tribune-Star wrote an editorial offering a litany of thoughts for the coming year with the emphasis on becoming a better citizen.
The editorial received so much positive response that the paper made it available to other Indiana newspapers to share with their readers this year.
Today, we print that editorial with thanks to the Terre Haute newspaper...
Resolutions are top-of-mind today. Lose weight. Exercise. Eat healthy. Stop smoking. Think positive. Laugh more. Worry less. Etc., etc.
Mostly, they're personal goals, and good ones at that.
We'd like to add another for your consideration: Become a better citizen.
How does one do that? It's easier than you think. You probably do it all the time, yet don't think of it in terms of being a good citizen. But there may be more you can do that requires only that you engage in your community in a greater variety of ways, each of which contributes to enhanced quality of civic life for all.
We offer the following resolutions from which to choose. Try a few. And have a Happy New Year.
Drive safely, with an emphasis on construction zones.
Attend a festival. They're everywhere, almost year round, and they contribute greatly to a community's sense of place, pride and self-worth.
Volunteer. Plenty of good causes need your help. Clubs and organizations. Churches. Schools. The Neighborhood Watch.
Make a contribution to a local charity, and not just during the holidays. Choices abound year 'round, including the United Way, which can always use a little more money to support its member agencies that provide a range of social services.
Use your local parks. They are beautiful places for recreation, rest, relaxation and relief from the rigors of everyday life.
Support community-based businesses. They need you. You need them.
Take advantage of cultural opportunities, which are abundant. Visit a museum. Attend a theatrical performance or a concert or a lecture. Venture onto a college campus for something other than a sporting event.
Embrace the community's diversity. Scrutinize biases or prejudices you may hold toward others concerning politics, religion, race, age, gender or sexual orientation.
Thank a veteran. Attend an event that salutes those who have served in the armed forces.
Tell public safety officials how much you appreciate the jobs they do and the risks they take to make our communities safe and secure.
Be kind to the animals. That doesn't necessarily mean petting them more often, although you should. Adopt a pet from the shelter. More importantly, be a responsible pet owner. Spay and neuter your dogs and cats. Overpopulation is a scourge on a community and inhumane to the animals.
Respect the environment. Don't litter. Take care of community resources. Recycle. Educate yourself about ways to help make your community more sustainable.
Speak well about your community. Proud of where you live? Tell people about it.