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Your New Year’s resolution for 2014: Make a difference

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The calendar says it is, but can it really be? Can 2014 be here already? What happened to 2013? For that matter, what happened to this past decade?

I remember quite well when we were so very concerned about the coming of Y2K. Would we make it through without catastrophic consequences? That day seems like only yesterday, yet 14 years have come and gone seemingly in an instant.

With the new year comes the traditional resolutions, those promises we make to ourselves to somehow make things better. What will it be this year? Eating healthy? Getting more rest? Helping those less fortunate? Perhaps making a difference at work?

Reaching out to the many people in our county who are struggling might be a start if looking for a way to make a difference in 2014.

Many agencies throughout the county offer ways individuals can offer a lending hand. Perhaps you drive and have a day off during the week. Countless seniors depend on others to take them to medical appointments and could certainly use a ride.

Many agencies around the county use a host of volunteers to sort and organize clothing for those less fortunate. Reading a story to a senior citizen in a nursing home who might not otherwise receive visitors might also prove to be rewarding. And what about helping out at your neighborhood school?

There are countless opportunities out there for anyone who has the desire to truly make a difference. While some locations might require a background check to ensure everyone’s safety, many places do not.

There is indeed that special place waiting for all of us if we just look around.

It may be as close as the neighbor down the street who lives alone and recently lost her husband or the young mom on the next block who is trying to learn English.

All we have to do is look. The year 2014 just might be that very special year after all.

Carol Edwards is retired after a 30-year career teaching elementary school students at Greenwood schools. Send column ideas to newstips@dailyjournal.net.

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