by Susan Jakes
New Year’s Resolutions are coming soon – a chance to push the reset button and decide what we really want to make happen in the new year. Often times these resolutions require some daily behavior change, and are dropped after a few days or weeks. My challenge to you is to think of the smallest win you could make in your community that would make the biggest difference AND commit to making it happen!
Here are some ideas:
– Plant a flower bed in some bright spot that lots of people pass every day
– Paint a fence or storefront downtown
– Start a letter chain of notes of encouragement or unexpected appreciation. Include 1 simple request: Write 1-3 notes of encouragement or unexpected appreciation with a note asking the recipient to write 1-3 notes to someone in your community and pass on the 1 simple request.
– Start a walking club – who are some friends that would commit to walking once a week – through all seasons of the year – and hold each other accountable?
– Hold a neighborhood potluck to build community within neighborhoods – you can have a theme of healthy food or seasonal vegetables and have everyone bring their recipe to share.
– Have a walking tour of downtown businesses to bring people downtown – maybe have them host folks with treats and gift ideas or something
– Ask an empty storefront if they will allow a display of local school children’s art in their front window
Often when we do something good for our community we see other benefits – to our health and wellbeing. Working to make our communities a better place is a great way to start the new year!