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We’re back and ready for a great 2017! This time of year is always interesting because we get to look back on the year and see what we’ve accomplished and then plan ahead for the year to come. Sometimes the “looking back” part isn’t always so much fun (I won’t say any more on this point) but I think we can all dig deep and find a few gems in our 2016.

I usually like to stay away from making New Year’s resolutions. In  the past I’ve only found myself to disappointed come February 1st when I discover that giving up Ben & Jerry’s is simply too much work or saving money will have to wait until after the President’s Day sales. That said I think I have a few ideas that we can can consider for 2017. Let’s see if we can work on them together…

Volunteer: There’s a lot of work to be done out there and you’r participation counts. Give time to your kid’s school, community center, church, town, library – you name it – the need you!

Stay in touch: Keep the lines of communication open between you and old friends, employers, staff, co workers, and neighbors. They are all valuable resources for you – and you to them.

Listen: I know you think you are listening, but listen even more. Sometimes people have more to say than they’re letting on and you just might learn a thing or two by closing your mouth an opening our ears.

Get our of your bubble: This is a tough one and we’re going to need to help each other out here. Make a point of tuning in to groups that might share different views than your own. We tend to travel with people who share our exact views and while we’re all 100% right 100% of the time (not) hearing news from the “opposing camp” could be useful. We’re not as different as we think we are.

Is that too much to take in on a lazy Friday the 13th? We’ll work on the list together and this time next year we can look back with pride at the resolutions we’ve kept (or attempted to keep, right?)

Keep up the good work,
Elizabeth Craib

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