hope the New Year brings peace, wisdom, and many gifts that feed your soul.
you make any New Year's resolutions?
What are they? I've made a few,
and we'll see how it goes. Some years I
make them, and I follow through. When
this happens, they do change how I enjoy the year and life. The experts on a tv program I was watching
recently said most resolutions are broken within a month, long forgotten.
of my resolutions is to be a better friend to my many friends. I have wonderful friends who are supportive. They lend a listening ear. They remember my birthday, visit my mother
when I sometimes can't, and they are simply there when I need them. I believe it is important to be as good a
friend to my friends as I possibly can.
Do you teach girls to be good friends through troop meetings, programs,
and activities you do through Girl Scouts?
I suspect you do.
the holidays, one of my friends lost her husband. He came home on Friday evening and had a
heart attack. She did CPR on him until
the ambulance arrived. They got him to
the hospital where they operated and installed three stents. He had been to the doctor 15 days before and
pronounced in excellent health.
Sunday he was awake; talking and joking with his wife and son. Sunday night he was again taken to the
operating room, they called his wife and said there was no need to return to
the hospital because they were going to
install a pacemaker. He didn't make it
through the surgery. This happened
three days before Christmas.
attended the funeral, which was postponed until after Christmas. Everyone was trying to make sense of it. He was young, and as a court-appointed
attorney, he did work others did not want to do. He lived what he believed, with respect to
social justice and the treatment of others.
The theme of the funeral was his constant kindness, which was so true of
him. One of my resolutions is to be sure
to be supportive of his wife and son, who are friends of mine. But we are reminded you never know what
tomorrow will bring.
is important to live each day to the fullest, as it is a gift to you. I know many of you personally, and kindness
is an attribute that I see constantly in what I do. I see frequent acts of kindness and
conversations with girls about kindness.
Make kindness part of your 2015 plan. I hope it is.
number of years ago, I attended a middle school football game to watch the son
of one of my friends in his debut. I
arrived well before she did, so I was sitting in the bleachers, watching those
around me. There were lots of people
there, but many were on the cell phones, not looking up long enough to really
see what was going on. My conclusion is
that we can be present but not paying attention.
of my resolutions is to be present and pay attention. The cell phone can ring constantly, with
e-mails and updates. But being present
matters to those I interact with.
People crave real conversation with others, where both parties listen
and exchange thoughts and ideas. When I
have attended troop meetings, it's clear that, as a troop leader you have to be
present. Girls appreciate that you take
the time to be present with them. It
one of my resolutions is to change the world.
In my case, I have the privilege of changing the world one Girl Scout at
a time. It isn't often that we have the
opportunity to see how the world is changed, one girl at a time. Last week, there was an article in the
Dothan Eagle about one of our Girl Scouts who saved someone's life. What a wonderful gift she gave as a direct
result of the skills she developed as a Girl Scout. Although not everyone's story is quite as
dramatic, being a Girl Scout and changing your world does make the world a
better place. Thank you for changing
the world, one girl at a time.
hope you stay with your New Year's resolutions and have a great 2015!