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2022 Has to be Better than 2021
2021-12-29

            There are many who can't wait to say good-bye to 2021 and hello to 2022.  Most people look forward to the New Year with new hopes and promises.  Some people dread the coming of the New Year as nothing more than the same old, same old.

            As with most things in our lives, those hopes and promises begin with us.  Those who dread the coming of 2022 may tend to cling to past promises never kept or previous hopes dashed by a Pandemic.

            It's sad that we still are living in a time when expressing your opinion can be dangerous.  More and more, it seems that if you don't agree with someone, sharing your point of few could mean the loss of a friend, family member, or even worse.

            That shouldn't be.  Folks on the far left and far right must remember there are plenty of people in the middle, willing to listen to both sides before forming their opinions.  And, their opinions count too – especially at the ballot box.  To those on the hard left and hard right; don't alienate the common-sense people willing to listen and learn before forming their opinions.

            We have little control over world affairs and as citizens our main influence comes in our power at the ballot box at election time.  We can help ourselves by doing our part to be a better person.  We need to work harder to sustain what's right and improve what's wrong.

            May our leaders remember that even in a pandemic, the United States Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.  Last year, while ruling against a Governor Andrew Cuomo mandate, New York Circuit Judge Michael Park wrote "No public interest is served by maintaining an unconstitutional policy when constitutional alternatives are available to achieve the same goal."

            Those are wise words for all of us.  The overall message we can gather from his words is to stop and think before you act, and weigh the alternatives before you make a decision.

            It's been a couple of years since we shared the resolutions below.  They're not a cure-all – they're only words.  You still need to provide the action.  They are simple words that provide powerful guidelines that can be easily adapted to everyday life at home, school, work, or even in the halls of local, state, and federal government.

            The person who penned this bit of wisdom is unknown to history, but the words have been around for decades.  The good sense provided by them is timeless.

            Place them in a prominent place and read them often. 

Resolutions

No one will ever get out of this world alive.  Resolve, therefore, to
maintain a reasonable sense of values.

Take care of yourself.  Good health is everyone's major source of
wealth.  Without it, happiness is almost impossible.

Resolve to be cheerful and helpful.  People will repay you in kind.

Avoid angry, abrasive persons.  They are generally vengeful.

Avoid zealots.  They are generally humorless.

Resolve to listen more and talk less.  No one ever learned anything by talking.

Be chary of giving advice - wise men don't need it, and fools won't heed it.

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and wrong.
Sometime in life you will have been all of these.

Do not equate money with success.  There are many successful
moneymakers who are miserable failures as human beings. 
What counts most about success is how a person achieves it.

 

            In closing, the staff at the Town and Country news wishes all of our readers a safe, promising and happy New Year.


 

 

 

 

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