Feb 1, 2024 | Welcome Column

January has come and gone already. And many of our well meaning new year’s resolutions have gone by the wayside by now too. But we shouldn’t stress out over it. Recognizing a deficiency in your life and trying to address it is a noble effort in itself. Trying to reach too high may result in failure to reach a new year’s resolution but we should always strive for the best in ourselves and in others.

Oft I’ve sung for my friendsWhen death’s cold form I seeWhen I reach my journey’s endWho will sing for me?

What does it matter if you don’t lose those few extra pounds this year? It might matter a lot if you have diabetes or other health problems but the most important resolution we should all make at the end of every year is to be a better person in the next. Treat everybody else like you would want to be treated yourself. It’s as simple as that. A new year’s resolution everyone should always make and try to keep. What if everybody actually did that? I guess the evening news would be a lot more boring but that’s OK with me.

A recent book by David Brooks (the same guy you may have seen as a conservative political commentator on the PBS News Hour), The Road to Character, mentions a concept of Curriculum Vitae virtues versus eulogy virtues. After you die your obituary in the newspaper might mention all the things you have accomplished in life but the praise of an “ordinary” person’s simple life of friendship and giving might eclipse all that when people gather to remember that “less accomplished” person.

I wonder (I wonder) whoWill sing (will sing) for meWhen I’m called to cross that silent seaWho will sing for me?

New Year’s Day is a time to reflect about what we should be doing with our lives but so should be every day:

Let us not wait to do good deeds
Till they have passed away
Now is the time to sow good seeds
While here on earth we stay

Kind words are useless when folks
Lie cold in a narrow bed
Don’t wait till death to speak kind words
Now should the words be said

Give me the roses while I live
Don’t wait until I die
To spread the roses over my grave
To see as you pass it by

It’s not too late. Our resolutions to make the world a better place can start today.

When friends shall gather roundAnd look down on meWill they turn and walk awayOr will they sing one song for meSo I’ll sing ’til the endContented I will beAssured that some friendsWill sing one song for me?

Here’s a simple question to ask yourself. Over the years, have you treated your fellow humans as well as life has treated you?


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