No Better Time for the New Year

With every new year comes the desire to set new goals, to reinvent oneself, or maybe just to eat more vegetables at dinner.  No matter what your resolutions are this year, it is no doubt a good time to reflect on 2012 and see if we can’t do things a little bit differently.

The end of 2012 was, for lack of a better word, chaotic.  For those affected by the tragedy that unfolded in Newtown, the holidays were no longer what we had remembered in years and even lifetimes past and we will be forever changed by what happened.  But with this devastation came a rebirth of compassion and support from all over the world.  Incredibly amazing acts of kindness have surrounded the community and have stirred up a feeling of altruism in hundreds of thousands of people.  I’ve seen it first hand.

So let’s keep the movement going and make 2013 the Year of Kindness.  It doesn’t have to be a big gesture, it may just be calling your grandmother more often to say Hi or being there for a friend who just needs someone to listen.  Whatever it is, make it count and see if you can’t make a lifestyle change out of it.  You might find that it makes you happier in the long run too.

And if you need some inspiration, check out some of these ideas from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

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3 thoughts on “No Better Time for the New Year

  1. Was just thinking yesterday that it has been a long time since I’ve seen a post here – so glad you’re continuing it. I love the idea of a Year of Kindness – it doesn’t take magnificent acts to make a difference in someone’s day.

    Love you,

    AJ

  2. Love you Emily! You have such a giving heart and compassionate spirit…please keep reminding all of us to take a moment and remember to be kind, to think however briefly of someone else. We will all be better people for it!

  3. Dear Emily,I was touched by your thoughts about 2012 and 2013. What a wonderful idea to make 2013 the Year of Kindness. Newtown is forever changed, and every Christmas for many years will be a reminder of those whose lives were abruptly stopped at an age when their innocence should not have allowed them to be the victim of, or the witness to, such horror. Their families are so consumed by grief that thinking ahead to the next year without their children brings forth no joy and no new beginnings – only sorrow and loss. I have looked at pictures of my childrenand grandchildrenwhen they were six years old and tried to imagine my world without them. I cannot. I know you have been surrounded by the deep and profound sadness felt by everyone in Newtown. You are right that compassion had been offered by people the world over. Here in Flower Mound, as I sat in Christmas services with Austin sitting with Steven’s family and Robert and me, we all, and Austin especially, felt the loss. Our minister spoke of them and included the people of Newtown in our prayers in a most profound statement. Knowing that so many people share their sorrow may somewhat ease the grief of the families, and if kindness to others becomes more the norm than the exception, there will be at least some positive change emerging from this time of great sadness. Would you mind if I forwarded your email to our ministers? We all need a kinder gentler world, and spreading that message and feeling could make a huge difference in the attitudes of some people who may have never thought beyond self or who may have rarely felt kindness from others. Love, Aunt Doris

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