A few suggestions for New Year’s resolutions

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 26, 2015

In an interest to ease the burden of those who may struggle to find the best resolutions for the coming year,
I thought I would take a minute today and offer some suggestions to anyone who might want to become a better person.
First, and this is a simple one, shopping carts don’t belong in parking spaces.
Leaving carts out in the open in parking lots is a gross violation of the unspoken social contract, so let’s resolve to walk the cart back to the store or at the very least to the cart return area.
Another good resolution is to try to follow the rules of the road.
According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, our state’s leading cause of auto fatalities is improper lane changing.
Remember: It’s best to signal before moving suddenly into another lane.
Several years ago, the Society of Automotive Engineers crunched some numbers and concluded that, nationwide, about two million accidents happen because drivers failed to signal.
This is more than double the accidents due to distracted driving.
For years, auto safety experts have urged people to use turn signals, so if it’s not habit, it could be a resolution worth practicing.
Or, if you already return carts and use turn signals, you can do as I do and realize you’re fine as you are.
Of all the changes and self-improvement I’ve attempted over the years, realizing I am fine as is was possibly the best change I’ve made. The trick isn’t to deny anything, but rather to accept everything.
Then, all at once, regret goes out the window.
This may not be for everyone, but this philosophy has certainly saved me much disappointment from annual broken promises to myself.

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