All of us can make changes for the better

It’s a funny thing, choosing a date on the calendar for which everyone has permission to hit the reset button, but here we are: New Year’s Day, when the old year is thrown out the window and the new year stretches out full of promise.

People everywhere will be making resolutions, praying for the strength and motivation to change — to improve — and maybe throwing a little pork and sauerkraut in the oven for good luck … just in case.

Most of us greet the arrival of 2019 filled with good intentions: Better diets, better fitness routines, better money management, better relationships with others. Some of the goals are lofty, some are small but important.

If we could all just hang on to the fire we feel to make those changes, for a year, not just a few days, imagine what a difference could be made.

Certainly there are some public figures, agencies and entire branches of government that could be making resolutions today, too. Wouldn’t it be nice to think a few of them are dwelling on ways to make improvements right now — to better do their jobs and serve their constituents?

Maybe today we can set an example — and again, carry that example throughout the year. Being a better version of ourselves is possible, but it takes work. Here’s to everyone who wants to make a change and is willing to do that work to make it happen.

You can do it.

We all can.

Happy New Year, everyone!