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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Kinder Community?  

Several years ago a movement called Random Acts of Kindness began, a movement encouraging us to do kind deeds for strangers, such as paying fees for others on toll roads or buying someone a cup of coffee. I had a t-shirt with this slogan written in big bold letters.

This year is a variation on that theme in Juneau.  2017 has been designated as the Year of Kindness here. Every resident is asked to do one act of kindness each day for the entire year. Once a week we are asked to reach out to someone not usually in our familiar groups, such as someone from a different culture, religion, ethnic background, etc.  The goal of this endeavor is to improve the well-being of our community by: lowering the crime rate and improving the over-all health of its citizens. Another goal is to reach across various kinds of boundaries in order to become a more united community.

As disciples of Christ we know we have already been called to care for our neighbor. Reaching out to strangers or those not currently in our social groups is what we are always encouraged to do. By highlighting acts of kindness throughout the whole community my hope is that the negativity we experienced in 2016 will be replaced by more hopeful and positive attitudes in 2017, and we truly will become a kinder community.

How often do you reach out to those who are different from yourself?  How can you keep a hopeful attitude this year?

Marie Lucek OP
Juneau, AK

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Resolutions or No Resolutions

Here we are again at the beginning of another new year.  This year I decided to upgrade how I make and most importantly keep my resolutions/goals and so far except for one it seems to be working.

I started off as usual by making my list of resolutions and then thinking to myself what do I need to do differently this year to make sure that all my resolutions or goals are achieved, hopefully, before the end of 2017.  This time I have decided it is about the journey and not so much the destination.  Meaning that I am not so much looking at the end results, but concentrating on how I am doing each day on every resolution/goal that I have made.

I am being more mindful of the people and things that I experience in my daily life.  I am enjoying the everyday seemingly simple things in life that I so often take for granted.  Usually when the year comes to an end, most times it is very difficult to know what I have done or achieved.

This year already holds new things: ideas, joys, pains, hopes and dreams.  Even if I may or may not achieve all that I have set out to do, I do know that at least I tried to be more intentional about my daily living and the quality of my relationship with others.  I know that I would have made the effort to appreciate the simpler things in life, like my sisters, family and friends; after all life is short.

What are the things in your everyday life do you need to be more aware of?

What learnings about yourself have you discovered over the last year?

Is your focus on the journey or the destination?

Lystra Long OP
St. Joseph, Trinidad

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