They sound so finite and firm. Resolutions — to be “resolute” in a commitment to do something.

The new year is a logical time to take stock. Unfortunately while we mentally might have the desire to be resolute in making changes in our lives — the power of another “R” word — routine — often tends to get in the way of our resolutions.

This year is the year we’re going to eat healthier, work out, lose weight, spend more time together as a family, read more books, take a pottery class, meditate, or whatever it is we promise ourselves — sometimes every year. Some years we are successful, but often the routine reverts back to our life of the year before.

Perhaps broader resolutions are more practical to commit to, especially given we face another tumultuous time in our country as we greet the new year.

While Darien may seem insulated and distant from the current events of violence, terrorism and protest — really, they are not so far away, especially when every news broadcast we let into our homes has another update. In addition to dealing with the realities of this anger and violence is the way these current events have created such polarizing viewpoints. Many stand on one side or the other — and few are able to see the other side.

Darien is not above being split over town issues — with some digging in their heels unable to see the other side. None of us are.

While a simple resolution is not going to solve any of the larger problems our country currently faces, resolving to not rush to judgment is a small way we can make changes in our every day life. Resolving to try to understand where someone else is coming from, and the path they have walked that we have not is another way.

Let’s resolve to assume the best in each other and hope that all of us have the most positive motivations — while maintaining an inquisitive mind.

Most importantly, if we haven’t already, let’s resolve to eliminate the word hate and the emotion hatred from our lives in 2016.

We cannot change the world. We can only change our contribution to it.

Let’s make our number one New Year’s resolution to make that contribution an overwhelmingly positive one.

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