People all over the world are preparing to start anew for 2014. Resolutions are being made and lifestyles are about to change. Weight loss ✓ Smoking cessation ✓ Go back to school✓ Many of these resolutions focus on improving our own lives.
In 2014, as civic life in America is declining, it is crucial to begin to turn outward and resolve to be a part of something that is a part of, but greater than ourselves, our communities. Check out four New Year’s Resolutions
- Vow to Vote in 2014! Mid-term elections are taking place all over the country. Get to know the candidates and ballot issues in your area. There are also many opportunities to volunteer for campaigns or spread the word about ballot issues.
- Get Lost. Explore parts of your community you’ve never seen or visit places you’ve never been. Every community has gem(s) that make them special. Find out what they are and share your findings with others.
Disconnect. Social media is great and it helps connect people all over the world, however, every now and then visiting a friend, visiting residents at assisted living facilities or volunteering at local schools are great alternatives to the smart phone or computer.
Say Thank You. When a neighbor helps a neighbor, an organization works hard to improve the community or a civic club host a community event, say thank you. These two words go a long way.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions for your civic life?