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December 30, 2010

A Resolution You Can Live With

Have you made your annual resolutions yet? You know, the ones that your promise to fulfill in a moment of self-awareness, only to see them fade away soon after the obnoxious fireworks smoke dissipates on New Year's Day? While New Year's resolutions, Monday diets, and celebrating birthdays that end in a zero for older people are often convenient, following through- at least on the diet and resolutions- is not so simple.

We are all creatures of habit, and habits are hard to break. For some reason, we can't seem to carry out the niceties of the holiday season throughout the year. Having accepted that human foible, how about we try to take the concept of "aloha spirit" one step further in 2011; you know, like the movie "Pay It Forward". How about we each make it a point to consciously make a difference somehow, some way in the coming year?

Perhaps it's volunteering, or donating, or mentoring. Maybe you can play catch with the next door neighbor's kid or read a book to youngsters at the nearby library. How about volunteering at a non-profit for a few hours each weekend or spearheading the Aloha United Way drive at your workplace? Maybe you can just drop a buck in the charity box at the checkout counter each time you food shop. Perhaps your resolution will be to be kinder to your dog, your kid, your neighbor, your family, your teacher, or your co-workers. Again, to have impact, it's gotta be sincere and it's got to be constant. Maybe doing something like this will renew your energy, spirit, and make you feel vital. Let's make 2011 a personal breakthrough year locally in civility and in making a difference, and let's not just think about it…

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