Once, somewhere, on a piece of paper or a greeting card I saw a list of reasons why it is important to do certain things, “Just for today.”  As I remember, this list was designed to bring out one’s compassionate, loving and caring side—urging us to do something for ourselves and/or others to make the world a better place.

A new year is certainly a time of reflection, and I’ve been reflecting more than in past years.  Age, perhaps?  Most of us are overwhelmed by our jobs, spouses, families, neighbors and friends to have any time left to consider our impact on the world, the environment, or even those with whom we come in contact each day.

The answer is simple, each thing you do impacts our neighborhood, our friends and our world.  Take a couple of small steps, here are a couple of suggestions.  If you have other suggestions, don’t keep it to yourself!

Use the curbside recycling bin.  Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.  Say please and thank you, every day, to everyone.  Take someone’s cart to the cart corral. Smile. Turn out the lights when you leave a room.  Tell someone how much they mean to you.

Did I say smile?  It’s hard to say or do things you will regret when you smile.

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