The issue: The new year.
Our view: As many of us make our resolutions, let’s not forget to do more to make our community and world a better place.
A lot of us will be making New Year’s resolutions before Tuesday. It’s a tradition that dates to ancient Rome.
The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. Janus had two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back, so that he could look backward and forward at the same time.
At the dawn of a new year, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new.
As we look forward to 2013, we have reason to be optimistic. Employment in Kokomo, the state and the nation has made a slight recovery. It’s a sign that the economy is turning the corner, though slowly.
As the ancient Romans knew, the start of a new year is a time for new beginnings.
This is a great time to cut back on stress. Perhaps we’ll resolve to lose weight, to pay off debt, to save money, to get a better job. Or maybe we’ll promise ourselves to start that exercise program and eat a healthier diet.
Maybe we want to get a better education, cut back on alcohol or quit smoking.
But let’s not just think about ourselves.
Let’s resolve to do more to make our community and world a better place. Let’s promise to give more to charity or to devote more of our time to local causes. Let’s pledge to bend down and pick up the next piece of trash we see on the way to the car.
Perhaps we can all do one small thing every week or every month to make the Kokomo area a better place to live.
As we stand on the threshold of 2013, let’s all join Janus in taking a look back and a look forward. We’ll do that this week when we publish our editorial agenda for 2013 – priorities we believe should top the community’s to-do list for the next 12 months.
Let’s, each of us, pledge to make this the beginning of a healthier, happier, more prosperous year.
The issue: The new year.
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