Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014

Happy New Year for 2014!

Each year folks make resolutions for the new year. These resolutions normally are for losing weight, getting more exercise, giving up smoking, and related issues. I invite you to consider some other resolutions for this new year.
  1. Resolve to reduce water usage. It's time we got serious about conserving water. Do you leave the water running while you brush your teeth? Wet your toothbrush, turn off the water, then leave it off until you are ready to rinse. Do you have an automated sprinkler system? Turn it off. If your lawn needs watering, turn your system on the night before. We've all seen the water systems running while it is raining or a day or two after a heavy rain. What a waste!
  2. Resolve to obey all laws and rules. If the speed limit is 70, stay at or below 70. If the park sign says do not gather fallen wood, then don't do it. Do you obey the leash law in your town?
  3. Resolve to not use your mobile hand held device while driving and at other inopportune times. No explanation is needed here. 
  4. Resolve to watch something intelligent on television. The best source for this is PBS. 
  5. Resolve to become more informed about current events by reading, watching, and listening to objective and intelligent sources. By being better informed, we can make better decisions in all areas of our lives.
  6. Resolve to start a savings plan if you haven't already done so. Financial experts tell us that we should have savings equivalent to support us for at least 6 months in case we should lose our jobs. Your first priority should be to reach this mark. Commit 5% of your salary to some sort of savings and at least half of any raises you should receive.
  7. Resolve to read a good book. Lose yourself in the diverse characters you can meet in a book, and travel to places you've never been. Books can take you anywhere.
  8. Resolve to visit a museum or two this year. Whatever your interest -- whether art, history, or stained glasses -- there's a museum out there for you.
  9. Resolve to try some new food this year, something you've never tried before. Go to a restaurant with a trusted friend and let him/her order for you.
  10. Spend some quality time with your family, especially those who are sick or aging. You never know when the moment may be gone forever.
Again, I wish everyone a happy and satisfying 2014.

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