A RESOLUTION THAT MATTERS
It’s the New Year, and that means two things; first, that we’re going to have some kind of lousy weather in January or February, and second, that we are going to make some New Year’s Resolution that we likely will (if we haven’t already) break or forget about.
How about this year we make a universal resolution among all of us who read this. It’s a pretty simple resolution. And it’s one that we can meet in many ways.
Here it is: “I resolve that each and every day in 2018 I will do something to make the world a better place than it was the day before.”
There you go. That’s it. No gym memberships, no starvation diets, no nicotine withdrawal, no chick flicks with your wife or testosterone laden action movies with your husband. Just a simple commitment to do something to make this world a better place – each and every day.
You may ask, what can I possibly do every day to make the world a better place? You may say, ‘I don’t have time for that! I have a job, a family, and other demands on my time.’ The answer to that question is going to be counterintuitive to many. The answer is – think smaller.
One of the great things about our culture is that we dream big. We create great things, we make big changes happen. But that can oftentimes limit us. It scares people who may be less driven, less confident, and less flexible. It provides a convenient out. So we must realign our thinking sometimes and know that even if we can’t do great things every day, we can do small things that will add up to big things.
Think for a moment about the collective impact of every person doing something every day to improve the world. And that thing doesn’t have to be a monumental act. Mother Theresa of Calcutta famously said; “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
Or; smile at someone. Let someone get in front of you in traffic. Buy a six pack of water and give a bottle to the person at the corner with a sign asking for help. Be kinder to the service people you interact with every day; look at the server when you order lunch, and say thank you. Pick up that piece of trash and drop it in the receptacle instead of stepping over it and mumbling about the litterers. Tell your partner you love them; for no particular reason. Bring a box of donuts to work. Be happier with yourself and it will shine through in your attitude and your relations.
You get the point. It’s not too hard. Happy New Year.
John Berry, Chief Executive Officer, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia