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Happy New Year to all of our readers. We wish you peace, joy, comfort and good health in the year ahead. Traditionally this is the time of year when we make New Year’s resolutions. Just take a look at the workout places right after the 1st full of members with the best of intentions. Although traditional resolutions can be positive if we stick with them, I propose a bit of a twist in this regard:

Let’s start with making sure our documents such as our will and power of attorney are on file. This is the best gift we can give our children and grandchildren. Dealing with probate is extremely difficult if paperwork is not in order.

Another wonderful action to take is to record a legacy. Have someone tape you telling interesting stories about your life and that of other relatives so that family history will go on for generations.

Resolve to pack your patience and be kind to others. We do not know what they may be dealing with - perhaps an illness or a death of a family member. When I have dined at several different restaurants, I have observed signs that say: be kind to the people who showed up. Everyone is short staffed these days and often pulling double shifts. This applies to healthcare workers, grocery store clerks and anyone who serves the public.

Dwell on the positive rather than the negative. Sometimes that seems easier said than done; but it is well worth the effort. Plus, smiles cause fewer wrinkles than frowns. :)

Hug your loved ones. Tell them you love them. The pandemic taught us to seize the moment and make sure to show our love. Children like toys very much of course. However, what they cherish most is time and attention. Playing games, drawing artwork and asking them about what interests them is yet another way to express our love.

Wishing all a wonderful year ahead full of joy.