A New Year’s Reflection
‘Tis the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, perhaps just a mouse.
The rooms looked quite empty, the mantle was bare,
No garland, no stockings, no nutcrackers there.
We breathed in the quiet, enjoying the peace,
The kind gift of January that allows for release
From holiday pressures, from self-imposed stress,
Our daily “to do” lists now suddenly less.
Content and relaxed with warm hearts and warm toes,
We felt we were blessed for we knew there were those
Whose year left them homeless, a survivor, at best,
No homeland, no shelter, no safe place to rest.
From fire, from wind, from war, and from hate
My wish is that somehow it isn’t too late,
To teach one another that our planet is small,
If we want a tomorrow, a future at all,
We need to build bridges; show love and concern,
Be a model for others to follow and learn.
Get up and get busy, the year has begun.
Be civil. Show kindness. Understand we are One.
Our planet is hurting; our people need care,
Resolve to do better, reach out if you dare.
Perhaps we each have made some personal New Year’s Resolutions as we watched a ball drop from its high perch, and we hugged someone dear. Often it is to lose the dreaded ten pounds we have been carrying around for several years or to read more books and watch less TV. But what if our communities made New Year’s resolutions? Or our county? Our state? Our country? What would we resolve and how would we begin to carry out that resolution?
Instar Learning Alliance has resolved to address that question in 2018. In what ways might we encourage communities to make a New Year’s resolution? How might we help communities to address their resolutions?