As I write my first post of 2014, Kathy and I are filled with optimism and hope. We celebrated Christmas with our son and my mother in Moorhead and then traveled to Texas for New Year’s with our daughter and her family in Austin, TX.
These important family gatherings “recharge our batteries” and the whole year lies before us where anything seems possible.
This positive outlook prompts the sharing of my 2014 New Year’s resolutions:
“I am resolved to keep taking care of my body, mind, and spirit, by regularly exercising, keeping current with new developments in the world, and directing the adult choir and participating in my church community.”
“I am resolved to keep loving those who need my touch, word, or deed by showing tenderness to my family and friends, by speaking well of others, and acting in a way that is respectful and responsive to the those around me.”
“I am resolved to keep forgiving, asking for forgiveness, and trying to understand those who do not see the world as I do by continuing to reach out, letting go of the past, and conveying a helping intention with everyone I can.”
“I am resolved to keep giving of my talents and time in order to make the world a better place by increasing my level of Lions service, speaking and sharing my knowledge through mentorship, and demonstrating the personal commitment necessary to persuade the Lions of MD5 to endorse my candidacy for international director.”
While on January 1, I am hopeful I can keep these resolutions, I recognize my humanity and understand that things might not always go as I hope they will. As Kathy always tells me, “It’s good to have goals, but remember . . . you are a work in progress!” In any event, the important point of resolutions is the intention to be resolved
in the first place. “To be resolved” is to be committed to action.In 2014, Kathy and I hope to represent the Lions of Multiple District 5 on the International Board of Directors. We have always been resolved to make a difference in the lives of our family, friends, and those in need. We now ask for the support of Lions in MD5 to give us the opportunity to make a difference in the world. We are resolved to give our best effort.
Happy New Year!