New Year's resolutions that I hope to keep: Number one, don't make any more New Year's resolutions. If something needs to be changed, fixed, corrected, or resolved- then jump on that Nike slogan and "just do it". Losing weight, quitting smoking, spending more time with loved ones- January 1st shouldn't dictate your resolve to get it done. When you're ready and willing, you're able, so make the decisions you need to make and move forward.
Number two, walk more, talk less. Get involved to get things done, and stop talking about it. Everyone's got their pet peeves and gripes, but too few actually get involved with constructive solutions. Too often we assume someone else will fix things or help out. Yes, it's someone else's kuleana, so we can simply be sideline observers or Monday morning quarterbacks. Let's all join a civic group, a Neighborhood Board, let your voice be heard, and then follow-up and do something. You win, others win. Walk the walk.
And finally, use your neck. Look up at our clear skies and gorgeous mountains, look down or out at our glistening sea. Look closely, but respectfully, at our birds, turtles, seals, and fish. Look deeply into the eyes of people you talk to, without jones-ing for your overused cell phone. Connect with people and revel in the fact that, while we surely have issues here, personal and societal, you're still in Hawaii at the end of each and every day. Hau'oli Makahiki Hou. And hey- think about it!!